What was your, “It’s not a phase, Mom”, moment from your childhood/teen years which actually DIDN’T turn out to be just a phase?

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“Computers aren’t a viable professional career path”- my parents in the mid-90s


I was dating a girl in highschool that I was madly in love with. My Mom was adamant it was just puppy love and the relationship wouldn’t last long term. I married that girl and we’ve been together for 25 years. Still love her madly.


The summer when I was 16, I pitched to my parents the idea of me loading a bunch of camping gear onto my bicycle and riding to a state park 40 miles (64 km) from our home. I ended up getting hopelessly lost and on the first day of the trip, I found my way back home by complete dumb luck. It was a disaster. My father thought that would be the end of that idea, but a week later, I went back out with a slightly improved navigation system, and successfully made it to the campground. Almost exactly four years later, I set off to spend the next seven months riding my bicycle 5,300 miles (8,500 km) around much of the US.


My interest in computers. To be fair to her, who could have known that programming a ZX Spectrum to wait for me to leave the store before spewing obscenities on the screen in 1982 could lead to a career?


Knitting apparently. I learnt it when I was 9 or 10 years old and would always go through phases of loving it and then forgetting about it. My mom would get so angry and call me an old lady, still does. She hates it when I can just work on a piece for hours. I love it though, gives a thing to do while I listen to podcasts or audiodramas. Edit: I’m so glad I’m not alone in this, it’s nice to see everyone’s comments :).