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What did your parent(s) want you to do? Explore stories told by people across America about what their parent(s) wanted them to do. 

My parent(s) wanted me to an artist .because they saw the joy in me when I was trying to create art. they inspired me to be an artist by setting good examples: My Father, a great father and a government worker. In his spare time he...
My parent(s) wanted me to find the truth. I grew up viewing the world through a filter which kept me from seeing the reality of my own identity. I am a trans person, I'm queer, I'm a drag queen, and I'm a traitor to the life...
My parent(s) wanted me to to support myself, on my own and not depend upon another person, It took me some time, because of lack of education, but I was lucky enough to become a teamster, and with a high school degree,I not only supported myself...
My parent(s) wanted me to have a better life than they had. In turn, I wanted a better life for my son and daughter. My son I gave a better life, when I placed him for adoption. The victim of a crime, I couldn't selfishly be...
My parent(s) wanted me to feel like I belong. I feel I belong with my work in regenerative agriculture, my interactions with others on the autism spectrum, and with other species. I feel a great aching hole in my heart as I watch as modern humans continue...
My parent(s) wanted me to find joy in life as a way to help others. Many immigrant parents, upon sacrificing immensely, want their kids to pursue lucrative careers, as a way to make the sacrifice worthwhile. My parents had no such constraints. Despite my father giving...
My parent(s) wanted me to avoid social media, but i'm drawn towards it now because I can't see what my friends are doing and it's frustrating. But I am slowly getting them to understand. I'm not even 16 yet but imagine going through all this without...
My parent(s) wanted me to always be kind and help others. This has been stressed to my sister and I since we were little, and my parents were our example. I have countless memories of my parents stepping up and helping people, such as our...
My parent(s) wanted me to be independent
My parent(s) wanted me to ... grow up faster than I wanted to. When they got divorced and remarried, I started to become a mother figure at a very young age. First, it was taking care of my younger sibling, but as more step siblings...