I made a post about college and my life choices a few days ago, and in it I said that I was going to finally sign up for classes. I still haven't, it turns out one of the grants I received didn't go through for some reason. So I am currently pondering whether I should still sign up. I can't get it past my head that I should stick with what I want to do. The part that scares me is that I was raised to believe that I'm going to go to college and lead an average life, and that there were really no other options. I was smart and always got good grades so I was raised to believe that I would go to college because that's what smart people do. But I'm smart right? Why do what I'm told to do, I can make my own decisions right? The society we live in is what it is, so I understand the backlash that I will receive if I don't go to school, from the family and from the society in general. But none of my family went to school until my older sisters and cousins, and I live fine, I live happily. And again I'll say that all I want is happiness. And the only way u know how to ensure it is to do what makes me happy now. It's funny how much pressure is out on teenagers. First they are thrown into high school, where we act immature and know it, and where drama is seen as cool, all while our hormones are going crazy. And then, to top it all off, we through 18 year olds into college right after that and tell them to pick what they want to do. At the age if 18, we are supposed to know what we want to do for the rest of our short life. What the **** kind of a system is that. And then there's the high school advisors that say "hey take this personality test, and then WE will tell YOU what u want to do for the rest of your life." You know what, I'm gonna take a few years off schooling or maybe go part time. Because right now, I want to be a guitarist in a platinum level band, but even led zeppelin got tired of that, and it only took 12 years. How the **** should I know what to do with 50.
Lateralus07 Lateralus07
22-25, M
2 Responses Aug 22, 2014

And in 20 years, if I am making minimum wage living in an apartment living paycheck to paycheck, I will give the same advice to the younger generation, and tht is to do what u want.

Follow your heart and do what makes you happy as long as you're not hurting others. Life is too short to waste time doing things that feel wrong. This society is backwards and crazy and I gave myself awful depression letting them control me and fighting with their crazy rules. I realized yes society is messed up and yes people are messed up but there is no reason to make myself miserable tangling myself up in their twisted webs. And the same goes for you. I did what society wanted and I ended up depressed and suicidal. Don't make my mistake follow your heart and stand in your truth. This world desperately needs people like that. The way society runs destroys human lives, animal lives, nature, and the very planet we live on. If that doesn't show how much you can't follow them I don't know what does.

I'm not afraid to work hard. I work at a pizza joint and it's quite stressful, but it is elementary compared to the amount of stress I can handle. I will work any job, i don't care asking as it pays the bills. I'm no one to have a taste for luxury, so that's not needed, not material items. I live cheaply, so money doesn't even matter in the slightest as long as my health is taken care of. To make things easier for me financially, I do not ever see myself having a family. The type of situation I'm setting up here a worse case scenario, where If I don't make a whole lot of money, I will still be happy, because I have the things that matter, family, friends, music, and peace of mind.

18 year olds should be taught to live on their own before they are taught to decide what they want to do with their life. It's unfair, and it has out me through more stress these last 2 years than I have ever felt before. And I know that if that stress disappeared I would be at my best mentally to face the world and do something with my life. I need time for myself.

I remember my health teacher in high school always said that "he chose to work hard early in life so he didn't have to work hard late in life." But how is making 12$ an hour as a teacher at a catholic school better than a person making that same amount of money at mcdonalds working full time. Not to mention that there are currently 4 people older than 30 working at the pizza joint with me that have a degree and are stuck there

I agree with you so much. Do what makes you happy and love yourself for who you are. Be proud that you value true meaning and refuse to be forced to do things that are not right for you by society. If you are happy with what you are doing now then keep doing it. If not go in the direction of what does make you happy.

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