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When my life turned into a bad movie


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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.



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    This resonated very well with me.  My parents do not agree with my choice of wishing to go into writing.  They aren’t mean about it but tolerating an idea is entirely different from supporting it.  I’m glad things have gone well for you! Your story has inspired me!

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    You’re very similar to me, though I have not discussed my passion for writing with my parents. My dad wants me to be an engineer, even though I’m really bad at math. I think I may talk to them soon. I’m cheering for you!

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