Black Sheep, That's Just The Start

I might as well be a sheep painted purple in my family, I'm just so 'special'. My other sister and I were both raised lovingly but I'm the individual one, I don't fall into the norm, I don't do fashion or fit any stereotypes. And as much as I love being myself, the biggest problem is that my father wants me to be exactly like my sister. Wants me to dress like my sister, wants me to carry a purse and get the same exact perfect grades as her. I can't even begin to describe the disappointment on his face if I bring home any grades that are less than a 4.0. And my most recent dispute is the desire for my major in the future, when I go to college. I want to be a writer or journalist, he says entry level jobs pay poorly and he thinks that will change my passion? I'm a firm believer that if you have a career you love you'll never work a day in your life. And you know, so long as I'm doing what I love I don't give a damn how much I make. I like what I want to do and it's about all I'm good at. My sister went to college in food distribution ((cooking and home ec.)) and hasn't got a job, yet I'm the one that can't follow my dreams. I'm sorry if this is the wrong place to put this, but it's the only place i could find that even slightly fit.
-The Purple Sheep
RoseJuliet RoseJuliet
18-21, F
2 Responses Jan 7, 2013

Do whatever your heart drives you! When I began college a few years ago, my mother was so against me studying biology that she actually LIED to people about my degree! She did not believe that I would succeed studying such a hard subject matter. Well, I am a recent grad with amazing opportunities ahead of me, and if you get out there and meet the right people, your job search will be a lot easier.

Do what you want while you are in college. People told me that a sociology degree would take me no where, and yet I have been admitted into law school. It's your life not your fathers but yours. You have to do that career for 40 years or so, go into that job every day, not your dad. By the time you finally get to retire your dad likely wont even be alive anymore. So make sure you love what you go into, and follow your heart. It mighty be hard initially to find a job, it's true, but it will be so worth it in the end when you get to have a career that you love. And if you are passionate about it, you will likely be good at it, and the money will follow. And if you get to uni and you don't like it, you can always switch majors there. And even after you finish a journalism degree, you don't necessarily have to go into journalism. A lot of university is about the experience and life lessons, and practical skills, not necessarily what you studied. All majors will teach you how to think critically, a very valuable skill.