If they tell you not to pursue your dream, nod your head and get on with it anyway.
Nowadays I believe that there are no “safe” careers and that any path you choose will be a competitive one. No matter what you do, there will always be someone who can do it just as good or better than you, but the point is that you love doing it.
They tell me to stick with math and science, that my GPA should be a 4.0 and that my creative writing talents should be used for writing research papers. Because those are the people who have a shot, the people who go after what no one else wants or cares about.
Perhaps there is a reason for that, perhaps I was not meant to multiply numbers but question why numbers should be multiplied. I am studious, but only in what interests me. I have the brains, but will use them where I see fit.
Yes, I want to be a teacher. I want to help children understand math and science, but I do not want to be a mathematician or a scientist. Maybe I won’t get paid as much, but it is never about the money when you are in love with your career.
If you desire a life of luxury, know that over forty hours of your week will be spent where you work. If you love and appreciate those forty hours, your life of luxury has already begun.
I am a free spirit. I try not to care about what the others shove down my throat. It is difficult, I will admit. However, I will advice you to do the same. Whether you dream of becoming a teacher, an artist, an actress, a writer, a business owner, a doctor or even a professional dog walker, the odds are in your favor.
You do not have to be a follower or a leader, just be yourself and that is all you will ever need to worry about.