I wonder why a lot of people are just allergic to the sound of certain careers when their children want to pursue them.
Growing up, your parents, teachers, neighbours etc. ask you what you want to become in future when your answer falls around doctor, nurse, teacher, lawyer immediately they think of you as smart, intelligent and useful to society.
But when you make a mistake and you tell them you want to be a mechanic, seamstress, tailor, hairdresser and any of the other professions which does not sound glorious you are in trouble, you will be told how stupid you are and asked who informed you that those professions are lucrative.
You will be asked how many times people patronize the services of a seamstress in a year, how many times people patronize the services of a hairdresser in a year and be given very discouraging statistics there is to accompany their assertion and if you fall into the technical category you are branded as block-headed.
I am wondering why we don’t take our cars to the nearest consulting room and call for an ambulance when our cars break down on the road. Being in the vocational and technical career path is a guarantee that you will be useful to mankind in every way possible.
The doctor cannot go to the consulting room without the services of a seamstress or tailor; otherwise, they will have to go to work naked. He cannot bypass the mechanic because he services his car, either an official or private vehicle without which he cannot do his work effectively.
He cannot do without the hairdresser or barber because his hair will look unkempt when he goes to meet his patients. This is how those not so important professionals make the doctor’s life easier because they didn’t shelve their talents.
The doctor, nurse, teacher, lawyer etc are not more important than the mechanic, seamstress, hairdresser, caterer etc. Before you shut your child up for dreaming and wanting to contribute to the society in a significant way in the future remember that every career is important.
Because 10,20,30 years later when your child is not making it in life, you the parent ,guardian, neighbour etc will not be happy and your child will equally not be happy. If you want to stop sabotage in the society, at work, school, church and in all places where it is happening allow people to be who they are because that is what God will provide resources for.
To those who did not get to live their childhood dreams it is not too late to take it up and live it. There are a lot of resources on the internet, books, very specialized schools made purposely to help you fulfill your dream.
Don’t give up on your dream and on yourself. Because the same people who shut you up will be hailing you when you eventually succeed and will want to be associated with you. Give yourself an opportunity to be happy because you don’t need permission from anyone to be happy. Give yourself a chance.