I’m going to pretty much outline my 2 life biggest issue’s in this post, feel free to call me a idiot regarding ‘issue 1’. Now that I’ve gotten myself into this mess though I need to somehow get out of it as well.
About 2 years ago I got myself into a lot of problems at school (I don’t want to go very deep into this) to the point where I disappointed my parents. I got myself to the point where the only ways out I saw where running away or to continue to lie to my parents regarding my school progress. This was a process that slowly developed over time. I eventually solved all the issue’s and graduated with solid marks, but I put my parents through A LOT of stress in the progress.
Right now I am in highschool and I’m getting myself in a remarkable similar situation. Last year I got the ‘kissing disease’ from my little brother (don’t ask), it appeared at the time I didn’t have a lot of problems with it. Looking back though I realize that I was very tired in the last half of that school year (about the time I suffered from the disease), because I just continued to life my regular life (involving getting up every morning at 5 am to deliver newspapers) it only increased the symptoms. As a consequince I failed a lot of classes the last year, I told my parents about a few classes, I didn’t explain to them though how serious it really is.
My parents expect that I am going to graduate highschool in 4 years, right now this is nearly impossible and it will most likely take atleast 4.5 years (and quite possibly 5 years). This isn’t a major disaster at all, but I fear my parents don’t quite agree with that. Especially my father always stresses that I need to graduate in 4 years, he lost himself a year during college because he had to go to the army. This caused him to fall behind other people, and even though he likes his current job he feels that if he didn’t miss that year he would’ve had more options and chances in life. He wants to prevent the same thing happening to me. The situation has changed a lot over the years though, its not uncommen for people to graduate one year later and find a good job afterwards. So the problem is; How do I tell my parents what the situation really is? And how the hell am I going to find the courage to do so?
My second problem revolves around online poker, I’m fairly good at poker and I know I can make a decent amount of money playing poker. My parents have a different view in this regard, they think that poker is inherently a negative game (you always lose money if you play long enough). This view is mostly because of lack of knowledge regarding poker. I currently have a job where I deliver newspapers as my only income. I really want to get rid of it because I can win more with poker, and frankly I’m getting sick of delivering newspapers. My parents are paying any school expenses I might have (they are the best parents you can wish) and I am living at home. This basically means that they have something to say in all of this as well. I don’t want to upset my parents, but I also don’t want to deliver newspapers for another 2 years (I’ve been getting up at 5 am, 6 days a week for 2 years now). So any idea’s on how to convince my parents that poker really is a good way to pay my monthly expenses?
Also note that I am slowly developing the idea that a ‘perfect’ life would be a part time job with poker to supplement my income. And perhaps eventually become a ‘poker pro’ depending on how much I enjoy it/how good I really am. This is for the future though, and not a problem right now.
Ps. One of my good qualities is that I am very carefull with my money, without being a prick. As a result I’m in a decent financial situation. So I should be able to handle the unevitable swings that WILL happen if I take up poker as my only income.
Pps. If I quite my current job and my sole income is poker, does that mean I’m a now considered a ‘poker pro’? (which would be neat )