Confused and Scared
Your email reminds me so much of myself when I was in high school. I had a beautiful, talented older sister, and I copied her in every way I could. She talked the school into letting her take Latin instead of home economics. So I took Latin. She took classes in oil painting, and so did I. She tried out for the operetta and senior play, and won major roles in each. I tried out for each, and got a major role in the senior play. She sang with the madrigals. I sang with the madrigals. But I always felt I was never quite as good as she was. The only thing I did on my own was write stories. I had my first one published when I was 16. But I rarely talked about it, and certainly never told my friends. Every so often I sold a story, and was thrilled, yet I kept trying to be like my sister. Then, when I desperately needed money to get through college, I found I could pay much of it myself by writing and selling stories, even though it took me ten years to get my degree. My advice to you is to clear your mind of everything else, and pretend you are starting new. Each day, ask yourself what you are enjoying the most, and what you do the best. If you could have any job you wanted ten years from now, what do you think would make you happiest? You don’t have to decide anything right now. You’re still in the exploring stage. But for now, put medicine and law on a back burner and tell yourself you can have any job you like: a veterinarian, a caterer, a chef, a costume designer, a social worker, a history teacher, a camp director, a writer….. You WILL find yourself if you concentrate on what you do best and most enjoy.