Elderly People Share What Their Dream Jobs Were When They Were Younger

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Throughout childhood, we are often asked what we want to be when we grow up.

Most kids will tell you they want to become nurses, firemen or mermaids.

But as you grow older, your career aspirations usually change (or you realize growing fins is impossible), and you end up taking a different path in the working world.

Recently, Marion Duimel and Ingrid Meijering set out to keep the childhood memories of 46 elderly people alive by asking what they dreamed of becoming when they were youngsters.

The responses were quite intriguing and included everything from artists and actresses to sailors and skippers.

Marion and Ingrid traveled around to nursing homes with a portable photography studio and captured each elderly person in an outfit that represented his or her dream career.

Their project turned into an incredible photo exhibition that traveled around the Netherlands and a book featuring the pictures paired with stories about why the participants didn't land their ideal jobs.

Take a look at the pictures below to see some of the photos from their project.

Ballerina

Skipper

DJ

Librarian

Midwife

Milliner

Navy sailor

Opera Singer

Pilot

Stewardess

Actress

Citations: We Asked 46 Elderly People What Their Dream Job Was When They Were Young (Bored Panda)