If I could go back in time and prepare for a different career…. I’d want to work for the CIA. I know, I know – that just sounds stupid.
But bear with me here.
I have some compelling evidence that – at the very least – my studies and training exercises would have kept my interest.
Last night, I was blindly looking at the thousands of books stacked throughout my apartment and noticed a pattern:
- 1/4 are spy thrillers
- 1/4 are world history and civilization
- 1/4 are languages
- and the rest are a random mix of biographies, literature, science, and reference books.
Okay. Not quite sure if I could succeed undercover with what I’ve learned through books, but there is no denying an interest in the field of international intrigue.
Then I looked over my VHS/DVD collection. No one would ever accuse me of liking chick flicks. I’d say 75% of what I own are spy thriller-action/adventures like:
- The Avengers collection
- The James Bond collection
- The Hunt for Red October
- Clear and Present Danger
- Bourne Identity
- Bourne Supremacy
- Cloak and Dagger
- Machurian Candidate
- Mission Impossible
- Mission Impossible II
- The Net
- The Recruit
- The Saint
- Spy Game
- Thomas Crowne Affair
- Undercover Blues
Now I do realize (I really do) that having an intense interest in espionage as entertainment, like ALIAS, is completely different from dealing with the reality of day-to-day spy work.
But – if I could go back – whenever some pesky adult would ask, “So what do you want to be when you grow up?” instead of answering “Lois Lane,” I would reply, “a spy.”
And instead of dropping Chinese, I would have worked harder to learn it…. and Russian and Arabic – and maybe supplemented my bazillion writing and political science courses with some computer-tech-surveillance-stuff.
Instead of dropping track once I hit college, I’d make an attempt to improve my endurance and running times. Oh – and most important – instead of aerobics, I’d find the nearest martial arts studio and sign up for Krav Maga and Kali.
Then who knows…. instead of being a communications specialist who travels on the side, I could have been an international spy leading a life of intrigue and world-saving adventures.
It could have happened.
So what did YOU want to be when you grew up? And are you there yet?