If you Change your Mind….
My son Jake and I are packing to move and I asked him to get a medium-sized box and this was his response.
“Mom, why can’t we just call them big and small boxes? Just because you didn’t get the specified sizes at U-Haul doesn’t mean we have to call them that.”
He’s 17…. and I’m not trying to brag, but brilliant as well. I had him tested for ADHD on two occasions because he wouldn’t do his homework and his grade level was 16.4. That’s over a bachelors degree. He has a higher degree than I do.
He is a great kid….beats me at chess every time after I only showed him once how to play, and so rational at times…. I forget that he’s only 17. This is where I get into trouble.
I always thought of myself as the parent first and friend second. I am consistently on his ass about doing schoolwork, but just what is it exactly that I can I do? Should I tie him to the computer with only his hands free? How about I tie a shotgun up to the door with a string attached to the chair so when he gets up (he won’t be in harms way) it will blow everything up?
I have no control. Unless I send him to military school, which I won’t do…. he hates liquor, doesn’t smoke cigarettes and hates all man-made drugs. He doesn’t trust things that are not natural. He eats mainly healthy and organic foods, with the exception of a lot of soda as I do not allow any energy drinks…..For the most part he does whatever chore I ask him to do and he watches his little brother, who is almost 10 now every day. So what am I to do ?
Yes there are areas in which he and all of us can improve but I have no recourse to make him finish high school. I have always stated that he had to have a high school diploma in order to do anything in life and while this is true for most instances, I don’t believe he’s going to be mediocre. He’s a skateboarder, I damn fucking good one. He put clips all over social media and gets a fair amount of views for just starting out…. it is his dream and passion.
I’m going to help him pursue that because I know he can do it.
I know a lot of people will wildly disagree with this decision, but if you don’t take chances on what you really want to do with your life….. you will never know if you were able to succeed.
Just remember, Hilary Swank and her mom slept in their car And an abandoned house for months before she made it. It was her mom that took her to pursue that dream. And she won an Oscar…..
Steve Harvey lived in his 1976 Ford Tempo for three years before he made it big. Aside from his little snafu at the Miss America pageant….. he’s doing fucking awesome.
So don’t let anyone ever tell you that your dream is not practical, unattainable or unrealistic.
Because at the end of the day you are the only one that has to look in the mirror and explain to yourself why you sit at a desk from 9 to 5 and hate your job.