It seems that every time I take an interest in something my mother thinks I should do it for a living. And of course her way of thinking is that in order to do something ‘for a living’ you must go to school for it. I am not a believer in going to school for anything. It may be fine for others, but its just not for me. And why should an artist have to go to school for it anyway? All of this has come about because I suddenly found myself inspired to design a shirt (I have yet to get around to making it). As soon as my mother caught wind of my sudden project, she decided I should go to design school. Now why on earth would I go and do that? I tried to explain to her that I get bored of things far too easily and its not something I enjoy enough to do every day, all day. This isn’t the first hobby she’s tried to get me to go to school for.. there’s drawing, painting, drama, writing and so on. None of which are so important to me that I think I should waste money on university in order to get better at it. Except maybe drama, which I considered many years ago, but the school I wanted to attend was way hard-core and I could never afford it. And then of course there is photography.. I know how to take a picture. I can see my mistakes myself and I can try to fix them the next time I pick up my camera. I am also a believer in creating art to please myself first and if others like it, that’s a bonus. If I wanted to be a doctor or lawyer or something fancy like that, I would suffer through any class in order to do it, but I have no desire to do either job or any like them. So, dear mothers, don’t push post-secondary on your kids. Especially if your reasoning is that you regret not going yourself. All you have to do is encourage them in whatever they choose to do and please don’t mistake a hobby or talent for a career choice!