I got yelled at the other day because when someone asked when i decided i wanted to be a dental hygienist i said “i never did”. Then my mom became very defensive as i explained the difference between wants and what my parents and i realistically decided is a suitable career option.
Want: I want to sit around and take photographs. I want to have a dark room in my house. I want to do digital art and have that be my career.
My reality: I’m going to be a dental hygienist, because photography is not a realistic or stable career path.
But when I word it that way it makes my parents angry. Why? I’m not saying you’re forcing me to do something. I’m just saying dreams are unrealistic. There will never be a day in my life when I wake up and say damn I really want to shove my hands in someone’s mouth and scrape plaque of people’s teeth. Everyone needs to do something. People just get mad when I explain it like that because well then everyone needs to accept that your dreams probably won’t come true. Welcome to reality.