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As a child what did you want to “be” when you grew up?
When I was a little girl, I really wanted to be an astronaut! It seemed like space and astronauts were everywhere on TV and in the movies. I remember sitting in an elementary school class and watching one of the space shuttle launches live on the small classroom TV. It was such an exciting moment! Possibly the biggest influence on me was seeing commercials for “space camp” in Florida. At space camp you would “train” to become an astronaut and go on simulated “missions.” I begged my parents to let me go, but I was only in 2nd grade! I was so thrilled by the idea of going into space and being weightless. I dreamed of being able to fly, explore a different planet and bounce around. At the same time, the idea of being an astronaut gave me butterflies and anxiety. Whenever I saw the “launch sequence” of a movie or TV show, I was truly terrified! Outer space will always intrigue me, but I have grown out of my astronaut phase. For now I am content to keep my feet firmly planted on this planet!
When I wasn’t dreaming of going into space I also dreamed of being a doctor, teacher, hairdresser like my mom or a lawyer like my dad. I guess I’m still trying to figure out what I’ll be when I “grow up.”
image of Astronaut Anna Fisher