Is that the way it's supposed to be? Because I sure didn't aspire to be a poet when I was two years old and standing on the back porch eating a piece of bologna. Sometimes I wish it had crossed my mind when I was in high school, or junior high, but I don't think I really contemplated the future back then. I wrote poems, and they were awful. I wrote short stories that weren't quite as awful. Once in a while I wrote an okay poem. But it was much later that I decided to become a writer and stick with it. I'm talking late in grad school. There was always that tempting possibility of administration, or professional goat herding.
Do writers need to decide that they are writers in order to be good writers?
Is poetry better when the poet has self-identified as a poet, and not as a technical writer who moonlights as a barista, and so on?
Have you decided to be a writer yet? And did it change you?