When I was 17, my music teacher told me I could be whoever I wanted to be. She told me to dream big and to refuse to bow down to social conventions and expectations and just pursue my dreams, be it music, acting whatever. I find that so many of my friends now have that mind set, and that okay. There's nothing wrong with living your dream. But how do you know that that is your dream? I mean, by 17, I was only exposed to so many things and I'd say almost all of them made me happy and intrigued me on some level. But just because I could play the guitar a little, What? Am I supposed to run off and become a rock star? Now, I'm not saying that they're wrong. And I am in no way condoning the typical path so many of us are subjected to, nor do I mean to deter people from it. I get that you're supposed to follow your dreams. But at 17, how am I supposed to know what my dream is? I know she had good intentions, and she wasn't the only one who got me and my friends thinking this way. But can you really trust a 17 year old to make a decision that will shape their whole life?
I mean, why aren't we told to travel?
Why isn't the next socially accepted step to go out and figure out who you are?
It would sure make life a lot easier, so that every time I second guess my decisions, I won't feel this disgusting.