I went to a lovely graduation party today. At this party I met another graduate, a friend of the one being honored. Both had been stars of their high school spring musical. Truly the brightest stars on stage. He, the friend, in particular, blew me, and many (everyone?) away. One of the most impressive high school performances I have ever seen. I asked him what’s next. He named an excellent state university. I inquired what he was planning to study- and learned, to my disdain- that his intended major is accounting. “Are you giving up theater?” I asked, likely with some judgment in my voice. He shrugged and indicated that is a live question. “You shouldn’t,” I offered uninvited counsel, then tried to soften, “keep it as an avocation at least. You are so talented.”
And then we went our separate ways.
The world needs accountants. It is none of my damn business what he chooses to do with his life. I regret being another opinionated adult in his life.
But the world also needs art. And humor. And he is gifted. And I hope God will see to it that his gifts continue to flourish.