My parents are upset with me

Dear Guru,

I am a 16-year-old who has just started college. In this phase of my life, I am really passionate about becoming a social media influencer. The reason behind this is that I have managed to gather a substantial following on Instagram, YouTube, and TikTok. But, to turn this passion into a thriving career, it is important for me to create content consistently, invest time and money and make sure that I have a presence on the internet.

My current content varies in terms of themes: it includes snippets of my daily life, travel experiences to various tourist spots, family events, restaurant visits, and insights into my studies. As I navigate college, my plan is to experiment and explore various areas. Then, during a gap year after completing college, I intend to focus on my specific niche that would resonate with both my interests and my audience.

The challenge I face now, Guru, is that my parents vehemently disagree with my career choice. While I am determined to pursue my passion for creating and editing videos, I am equally concerned about my parents’ unhappiness. Their support and blessings are of utmost importance to me.

I firmly believe that social media is a platform through which I can express myself, be creative, and inspire and help others. With time and experience, I am committed to refining my content to make it meaningful, useful, and inspiring to my audience.

I wish to find a way to convince my parents and gain their support, knowing that their prayers are invaluable to me. How can I navigate this situation with grace and understanding?

Aspiring Influencer

Dear Aspiring Influencer,

It’s wonderful to see that you have a clear vision for your future and that you are considering taking a gap year to explore your passion for content creation.

Your parents’ concern for your financial stability is valid, especially in these challenging times. The economic situation can be quite uncertain, and having a sense of financial security is important. To address their concerns, I would recommend considering a balanced approach.

It is great that you want to explore content creation during your gap year, but it is also important to have a backup plan. I advise you to consider pursuing a degree or some form of education that aligns with your interests and can offer a sense of stability. Keep content creation as a passion project or a side hustle while you focus on your education.

When discussing your plans with your parents, it might be helpful to emphasize your intention to explore various career options rather than directly stating that you want to become a YouTuber, Instagram influencer, or TikToker. These titles may carry negative connotations for the older generation, and it is important to be tactful in your approach. Explain that you’re using your gap year to figure out what truly interests you and to gain a better understanding of the real world.

Additionally, during your gap year, you could consider taking up an in internship, as work experiences in fields that intrigue you will help you clarify your thoughts. This practical exposure can help you take an informed decision about your future career path.

In the end, it will come to finding a balance between pursuing your passion and ensuring a stable future. With thoughtful planning and communication, I’m confident you can work towards your goals while also keeping your parents happy. Remember that life is a journey, and it’s okay to explore different paths along the way.

Good Luck!


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