The people who criticize your decision to pursue your passions are never the people who pursued their own. They are never the people who pursued their dreams. And they will be left wondering “what if” until they do. Let them be envious, let them be cowardly, let them be crass and bitter and biting, so long as you never let yourself becomes those things. Those comments come from a place of insecurity, because they certainly don’t come from a place of love. If the greatest adversity you face is some nitwit asking if you’re planning to work at Starbucks for the rest of your life because you majored in English, kindly remind him that Starbucks has great benefits and really great lattes. And then throw one in his face. Just kidding, tell him your mom works there with a confused look on your face. Kidding again; tell him you’re not worried about money because you’ve got something on the side and then wink at him. Kidding! Ask him if he’s happy slinging insurance. Sorry! I’m done.
Look, these people are not assuming you won’t get a good job, or that you will be making minimum wage. What they are referencing is the job market, the state of things, the abundance of articles talking about 30 year olds living in their parents’ basement. Literally for decades, people have been laughing at anyone who went to college for a degree in History, English, the Classics, Art, Music, what have you. Almost anything other than business, politics, law, or science gets laughed at. And do you know what they say to law students? There are no jobs! To policy students? It’s all lies and bribery! To business students? You’re studying to rob Americans! To science students? Good luck with your billion dollars in loans! You are never going to make everyone happy with your decisions, but that’s why they’re called your decisions – they’re only supposed to make you happy.
Now go be nice to your local barista because some people actually do work at Starbucks and most of them are pretty nice. And by nice I mean hot.”