On Pleasing Your Parents at the Expense of Your Happiness

Shards of Bards

I sat beside my younger sister while she filled in the registration form for the upcoming Senior School Certificate Examination. She needed my assistance with the registration because there were some technical terms that she didn’t understand, and also because she wasn’t sure which subjects she should choose.

The little time I spent assisting her with the registration reminded me of the time I was registering for a similar exam (UTME) two years ago. I was fresh from high school at that time, and I hadn’t decided on which career I wanted to pursue yet. However, I knew for certain that my heart wasn’t in any of the sciences. I was sure that I would feel fulfilled with my life only if I pursue a career in the arts, but my father would hear nothing of this.

He wanted me to study medicine and surgery, or whichever science course that…

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