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You know Dad is in the wrong about a long of things: your interests and capabilities are one of those.
You are smarter than you think in math and science. Some good teachers will prove that in the future. You enjoy biological sciences--indulge yourself.
Dad can be encouraging about your smarts--but he's controlling about where you should apply your mind. Learn about the hard sciences from him--but you are in control of this.

Mum believes you can do anything--also ask for her help in how to be self supporting, disciplined, and set goals. she had to do that at a young age. Ask for more tasks and goals--and support on how to accomplish them.

Learn to research, guide, build, steer--and take pleasure--in your own life.
Learn to hold a job early, move out early. Keep confidence in school: don't be pushed into accelerated courses or 'dummy' courses. Mom will back you up on this. Keep to the middle road,and find those teachers willing to teach you.

When you get to community college, that's when your mind will bloom. Follow your loves and skills--you can become unemployed and poor in any field. You may as well labor in what you love to do while worrying about the rent.

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Learn to be physically strong. Learn to have confidence in your body, and enjoy what it can do.

You aren't pretty. You know that. Learn that it is not a sin, a crime, or the mark of a lesser being. It's a social standard: it has no basis in reality.
You body just is.

Find a solitary sport, where people aren't judgmental or competitive. Find something where you can grow and develop your own strength, stamina, and agility.
Then, find a group physical activity, so that you can enjoy the company of people who will encourage you.

Learn to dance. And never give up bicycling--you'll regret it.

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Never give up listening to music: expand into all genres before middle age. If there is one place where Dad knows his shit, it's music.
Oh, and keep the baritone uke. It will take 4 decades to come back into fashion, but you'll understand chordal theory by then.

Never give up reading good books.
Comics are fun--but don't let them take over your time, space and money.
19th century literature is going to be a fuck ton more fun than you think right now.
Poetry. You've started a bit--don't give it up during your teens. It's going to rock more than anything else in life.

Don't stop cartooning or drawing. The withdrawal symptoms just make you go crazy.
And yes, you should explore all the ways you can use your drawing and design skills.


Oh, and have confidence, get a job early in life so that you can move out early. It will save your sanity, keep you from depending on people--and maybe your mom can move in with you.
Road trips with mom would rock.
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