I Can Handle the Work (maybe)

I come from a family with traditional "hard work & an education gets you everywhere" values, so I've always been pushed to get good grades and not let anything else distract me. (That's part of the reason why I'm not fond of relationships -- it's been bred in me!)

My dad has offered 3 options for me career-wise:
1) Doctor
2) Lawyer
3) CEO

And yes, he's serious. I've practically been raised on this mantra -- "Get into med school/law school/Harvard, or you're a failure". No liberal arts for me, no siree.

Anyway, I do like the idea of being a doctor. I like biology, helping people, and just the thought of knowing people will call me "Doctor". It doesn't have to do with what my parents want anymore. I want to be a doctor, any doctor, and see where that path takes me.
AntOnTheMirror AntOnTheMirror
18-21, F
2 Responses May 20, 2007

What about what you want?

No offense to them, but your parents have some really destructive attitudes. Mine were far less strict in their outlook, but still managed to be quite damaging in subtle ways. However I am glad that *your* wishes coincide with his, which is very fortunate. We should only ever do what *we* want to do in life. I've been down the duty, obligation and hard work route and it leads to misery, for the most part. Anyway, I have friends who are doctors, and for those that genuinely *want* to be doctors, it is a rewarding and very fulfilling life. (Just don't be too hung up on the status aspects, that gets hollow quite quickly, apparently).