It’s been a very hard day. I recently passed out of 12th grade and I was looking for undergraduate courses in literature. I have always had the desire to do something away from science or commerce. And I have nursed a genuine love towards writing and reading. But, my dad is against it. Although it may seem very nominal, its very hurtful that he believes I won’t be capable of arts. I still feel quite hollow when he revealed his thoughts in the most crude, vulgar and harsh way. But, I won’t ever be happy with science and commerce. Mainly because I have hugely sucked at most of my academic subjects and authors have always been someone close to me throughout. I can’t imagine myself doing anything else and being stable while doing it. I have always been a hardworker and I have devoted myself to whatever academic pursuit with all I have. It still hurts when he tells me in a derogatory way that I am, yet incapable of much of anything in that pursuit. I wish that there would be someone who would at least support me through this. Just a little. That’s all I need. I am very young and I can only be so sure about what I am doing. I have always doubted myself and have had a predominantly low sef esteem. It sucks that such a small privilege is treated like a luxury. It sucks that I have to fight for things like that. I don’t understand why I still live in a place where they smother hope with their own hands.
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