A few weeks ago I was at coffee hour talking to one of our church members and we were talking about our college age kids. I had mentioned that Sarah had one this big writing award and that she was graduating in a couple months. When I mentioned that she wanted to be a writer and I got that look again and the comment 'is she planning on starving'.
I think I went on to say something else but his comment bothered me. When I discuss this at other times people always say 'Is she going to teach? And I say no she is not interested in teaching, then you get the look again. That oh why didn't you have her get a teaching certificate anyways, or she'll be living in your basement for years look. Why is it when you have a creative career people always want you to do something else too?
This having an creative dream and following through is so hard when no one supports you. I have never heard promising comments from another adult when I mention my daughters chosen career. Tell me why aren't people saying, Oh she got her degree, great, that should open some doors for her, or she won that writing award, that is the first of many she will win. Or I can't wait to see her books at Barnes and Noble. Why does everyone assume that she will not succeed.With all this negativity its amazing anyone follows their dream, that anyone succeeds.
Where would the world be if JK Rowling never followed her dream of being a published writer, or Monet who struggled all his life or Van Gogh who I think sold one painting in his lifetime. Why aren't people more supportive. I just don't understand it.
When Sarah graduated from High School this is what she said about her career goals. "I am going to write an award winning novel that will be made into an academy award winning motion picture." I loved the strength of that goal. I made her promise to take me on the red carpet when that happens. I don't hear her saying that statement anymore. I hope the opinions of others have not squashed that dream of hers. She is a fantastic writer and I know she will be successful.