So basically, I just graduated college and luckily found a job to transition over to. It's not the best starting position (though the pay is decent), as it requires lots of time on your feet, is not your typical 9-5 (I get off anywhere from 5-11 probably), and may require travel and several transfers in the future ... but it's something.
Here's the problem: I grew up in a conservative family where higher education was always expected, not given as an option. They were not happy when they found out I got this job and thought I was settling. In a way, I was - it wasn't ideal for me, but it's all I could find (there's a more dramatic back story here, but I'll spare you guys of it ...) Most of my family members work stable white collar jobs. I, on the other hand, want to be a writer. Which is essentially equated to waitress/aspiring actor/singer, or anything else "not decent or respectable" according to society (or should I say, according to them). I graduated with a business degree but don't really aspire to put all of my energy and focus on advancing that career, because of course the majority of my free time is centered around finishing the book I'm currently writing.
Long story short, they think my current job sucks and I'm settling, that writing as a full time career is stupid and a long shot, and I should be rapidfire applying to other companies for a better more "decent" job than working on my book, which they openly mocked when I mentioned it (huge mistake, I should have never).
I know it's probably easy to say, "Screw your parents, do what you want." But their opinion matters of me. I was close to them for most of my life, and not uncommonly, I want them to be proud and happy for me. They're not supportive though, not in the least bit, and they were very vocal with their disapproval. I've been sending out resumes to search for more stable jobs (to eliminate the possibility of travel) but it's rough out there. Nothing's guaranteed. I wouldn't mind working this job for experience and applying elsewhere when I have time, but not so frantically like they keep urging me to.
On the other hand, I know there are very few people who "make it" as a writer in terms of a full time career. It's a big dream to have, and even bigger to accomplish. Life's rough these days. Which is why I have a job to lean back on, but the whole thing goes full circle now and I'm left here feeling bummed and stuck in a rut.
I guess my question to you all is what do you think of writing (novels, fiction, essays, etc.) as a career, and have you ever gone through familial disapproval because of your choice?
Thanks for letting me vent.