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I don’t know what to pursue after 10th even though my parents are liberal!

Question: My parents keep telling me to “do what I’m passionate about” after my 10th boards, but I don’t know what that is! It’s funny because my friends are envious of me for my liberal parents who aren’t forcing me to study medicine or engineering, but I feel quite lost and wish they were forcing me onto a path! I know this is a strange problem to have but it’s making me feel really anxious, directionless and helpless. I can’t focus on my studies at all! Teentalker , 15-year-old

Dear Teentalker,

Let’s begin by commending your parents for being open. In a world where some parents can be quite pushy, result-oriented and force you into a field you may not have any interest in, your parents are letting you follow your heart. I’ve been where you are when you say I feel anxious and directionless. The concern about the unknown can be scary. I also understand that this phase can be overwhelming, as your options narrow down in terms of your career!

Stop. *Take a breath* You are not alone in this.

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