I was laying on my hammock, swinging back and forth on the Santa Monica beach of Los Angeles. Looking off towards the ocean, it seems like it's just never ending.The cool breeze runs through my hair and down my back. Just trying to clear my mind of all the distractions and stress about going to college. I am not really sure if I want to go to college or not. I'm only a junior so I have plenty of time to decide.
My parents have nagged me for six months now. They keep trying to make me be a person that I am not. My mom, Caroline, wants me to go to law school. She says it is the best route to take now a days. However, my dad, John, wants me to go to business school. He is the CEO of a fortune 500 company and is very hardworking. So basically, I have a good reputation that I have to keep up. They get into many fights over this and it really annoys me.
It's getting late so I pack up my hammock and grab my long board and start heading home. It's about a twenty-minute ride back to my house by long board. Long boarding is one of the few things that just clears my head. It must be something about soaring up and down these massive hills that makes my adrenaline rush.
When I get home, I go straight upstairs. I don't even want to see my parents right now. But of course, right when I get upstairs, my mom yells to me, "Charles!! Where have you been?"
"The beach," I said.
"Okay, come downstairs and eat," she said.
I really don't feel like talking about college with them but I have to tell them that I do not really want to go. We had roast and potatoes for dinner. It was very good, except when my mom ruined the delightfulness when she said, "So, what law school have you been thinking about?"
"how many times have I told you, he's going to business school," dad said.
Here they go again. They keep battling back and forth when I said, "I don't think im going to go to college." They immediately just paused. Neither of them knew what to say.
My dad said, " Son, you're going to get no where in life without a college degree."
"I'll make something out of myself," I said.
I got up and went upstairs for the night. As the school year came to an end I kept thinking about what I should do, go to college or not. So when the school year finally ended, I decided to pack my belonging up and move to Colorado. All I had, was shoes, clothes, my car, and $4,000 I have saved up from working on and off at a local sports store. When I got there, I immediately took a job offer at a local ski shop.
Working at the ski shop opened me up to many people. I meet many people who later really helped me out. For the next couple of weeks, all I could think about was whether or not my parents were sad or not and if they really cared about me leaving. I got to experience life in such a different perspective. Paying my own bills and rent really sucked. After I paid all my bills, I barely had enough money for anything. So me and one of my new friends, Ben, decided to move in together. Ben...