I want to write for a living, but my parents are extremely pessimistic about my chances of making money in that profession.
I am a straight-A, all-honors freshman in high school who has been dreaming of college since 4th grade. For years, I’ve changed my mind about what I want to do for a living, but one thing that was forever constant was that I wanted to be a writer, in some capacity. Recently, I decided that I wanted to be a writer in full capacity. So, I confronted my parents about this.
“What would you think of me being an editor or a writer?” I asked. Their response? They told me that I was “too smart” to be a writer and that my intelligence would be a waste. My dad said he would not pay for me to go to Yale if I was going to be a writer. They didn’t show any sign of support for me at all, in any respect.
So, I wrote about it. I wrote a poem about it. I started a short story about it, and I plan on finishing the story. I joined my school’s literary magazine and was told by my teacher that my work was excellent. I signed up for a creative writing class next year, all to prove to my parents that I am good enough to make it in the language arts field. I worked very hard and am continuing to work hard.
About a week ago, I told my mom to reconsider her view on my future. It is my future, and I can do what I want with it. Even though they are paying for my education, it is up to me what I do with it. So, if I choose to get a doctoral degree and become a garbage woman, there is nothing stopping me. She told me she was sorry and didn’t realize that I was serious in my proposal. I am now sharing my creative writing with my parents, and they are giving me constructive criticism.
Because I proved to them that I was determined to follow through with my dreams, and I showed perseverance, they accepted my goals and are backing me in whatever I decide to do.