ahh thank you anon! you’re very kind lol i’ve been feeling pretty down about my writing lately so i’m very honored you think this way! as for your question, here’s my honest response:
yes, i’m studying pharmacy! but –it isn’t necessarily my ‘dream profession’. my dream profession would maybe be a voice actress, a singer, or even better–a published, acclaimed novelist with multiple books under my belt. but i’ll be honest–and many people may disagree with what i’m saying next, but this is just my personal opinion, coming from my background.
i grew up in an immigrant family living in the US. my family placed an enormous priority on the idea of stability. and i completely agree with them. personal stability is the foundation for one to move forward, towards prospering, to self-actualization and ambition. in this life, or this country, at least, i believe you need to be pragmatic in order to move to the top.
i want to make this clear: do not do not do not give up on your dreams. EVER. but i had to be realistic, because of my situation, and my own ambitions. i want to be an author. but in this day and age, i’d say a HUGE percentage of published novelists had or still do have a day job to complement their literary endeavors. there is no guarantee you’ll get published, no guarantee you’ll get a book deal or become famous. i know that sounds awful. but it’s the cold truth that many people who share my dream have to face. that does NOT mean you should ever give up on your goals. it simply means you need to keep your mind and options open. i went for a scientific degree because i knew i’d be able to support myself, if the going got tough and my dreams didn’t pull me through. is it my favorite thing? no. but it’s stable, and it can help other people. and i’m okay with that.
i’m not saying a science degree is better or more prestigious than a liberal arts degree. but in my situation, with my parents paying for my education, i wanted them to feel as if they were putting their money into something they felt i was safe with. once i’m off on my own, i actually plan to apply for a masters program for creative writing (fingers crossed!). i plan to finish editing my book by next year, and find some way of getting published someday soon. it all depends on your situation. this is simply mine. i’m not very old or wise by any means, but i tried to situate my life in a way i felt would make the most sense.
a lot of people may disagree with me on here, and i’m okay with that! this is just specific to my own goals, and the realism behind them. i honestly believe that everyone was born with the potential to flourish in certain areas. for some people it’s science. for some people it’s art. for some people it’s music. for some it’s writing. i believe you should always always always follow your passions, your potential, and your dreams. but sometimes it isn’t so easy along the way, and you may have to work twice as hard at it when someone else might get an easier route. but as long as your dream is your end goal, you will be able to persevere! i’m sorry for this long ramble lol. this is just my pseudo-intelligent 20-year-old perspective. i hope this might help someone!