Firefighter, police officer, nurse, doctor, model: all of those and more are dream jobs that children imagine they will have when they reach adulthood. But few children maintain their aspirations when they grow up, like Édgar Pérez, a Mexican accountant who sells collectibles.

“I remember that, at home, we had our old TV, and I loved to watch series and cartoons on Channel 5, 7, and 13,” said Pérez. “Since then, I knew that at some point in my life, I wanted to dedicate myself to something that had to do with cartoons. I did not know what exactly, but I had that certainty.”

Despite earning a degree and dedicating part of his working life to accounting, today, Pérez brings piggy banks to life by decorating them and selling collectibles and toys. Everything he does has links to the old cartoons he used to watch as a child.

These product buyers are usually people who are also passionate about cartoons. (Christian Valera Rebolledo/Café Words)

He sells items from Mario Bros., the X-Men, Spider-Man, G. I. Joe, Disney, Marvel and DC comics.

“Although I have my job, I want to live through my passion and my childhood dreams. I began to sell some piggy banks in the likeness of the characters. Now, I have a wider range of collectibles for sale. It is a minimal market, just for the fact that it is not aimed at the general population but to fanatics of these franchises,” said Perez.

“I have had to invest a lot of money purchasing the collectibles — and that is without considering all the effort of hunting each item down. After I buy an item, I check them for any possible damage and repair them before reselling them. Some friends laugh at my hobby, and most of them support me, but this is not a hobby for me: it is a business.”

Childhood passions can become a business during adulthood, like they did for Pérez. (Christian Valera Rebolledo/Café Words)

According to Édgar García, a clinical psychologist from the Universidad Cristóbal Colón, cases such as Edgar Pérez’s have their origin in the imprint, a stage of early childhood when young ones bond with what they see around them.

“The story of my namesake is not unusual. From how he expresses himself, I wager he was a sensitive soul as a child and continues to be in his adult life. He gets positive sensations from the fulfillment of his dreams. It is admirable to capitalize on our feelings and passions to gain an economic advantage,” said García.

Perez lives out his childhood dream by selling piggy banks and collectibles. “I will continue for as long as I can do so. So long as I do not stagnate and continue to earn an income, I will continue fulfilling my dream.”

(Translated and edited by Mario Vázquez; edited by Kristen Butler)

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