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I may be the only person who believes in me, how do I deal?

Asked by hug_of_war (10402 points ) April 18th, 2014 from iPhone

As you may know I’m going to graduate school in August. I’m having to make hard decisions.

I had a very bad time when I moved to college 8 years ago. To the point I dropped out and moved home. In a lot of ways I got my shit together, but due to my Asperger’s and low vision I still have some struggles.

I desperately want to be independent, to feel like my own person instead of an extension of my parents’ wants. They don’t want me to do this, but I’m nearly 26 and running out of hope to do something I love, to make more than minimum wage, to be myself.

I feel suffocated by trying to prove I’m ready this time (I wasn’t diagnosed with AS at the time) but also really wanting to follow my own hopes.

This is a vague question, but it boils down to, how do you make really hard choices that may mean you are the only person who believes in you?

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