Leo's recent post, "Won't Kids Just Watch TV And Play Video Games All Day?" inspired me to write this post, which I originally posted on my blog www.fathersonpicnic.com
My Son Wants To Play Video Games For A Living
I have a 12-year-old son.
My 12-year-old son loves to play video games.
My 12-year-old son loves to play video games all day long.
He told me he wants to make a living playing video games and posting clips of his games on Youtube.
SO I SAID, "LET'S DO IT!"
Sure, I’ll support his dreams, but at the same time, every decent parental bone in my body is screaming, “BUT WHAT IF IT DOESN’T WORK OUT?! THEN WHAT WILL YOU DO INSTEAD?!?!”
Isn’t that typical? And kinda sad? Why is it that we tell our kids to “follow their dreams,” but then when they tell us what their dreams are, we tell them, “Oh, that’s not realistic. You should try to be something else like a ______.” Many parents want their kids to say that they want to become doctors, lawyers, dentists, firemen…stuff like that. We feel more safe with those career choices.
But honestly, are the odds of a kid becoming a doctor really any better than becoming a pro gamer and Youtuber? How many people drop out of med school or law school every year? How many kids who dreamed of becoming policemen really followed through and made the force? Yet we don’t discourage them from pursuing those careers. We don’t immediately blurt out, “That’s sounds fun, what else would you like to be?”
Many parents would be proud to stand around the water cooler and bust out a pic of “My little Johnny…the one in med school…” But we’d freak out and hesitate to pull out a pic of “My little Johnny…the one at home playing video games…” How would we explain that? Is that even a real thing? People don’t get paid to play video games and make little Youtube videos, right? What are the odds?
Well, for the record, the top video game player in the world made over $400,000 last year.
So yeah, becoming a pro gamer may sound like a longshot…like becoming a rock star or something, but so what? He can at least try. I’ll support my son in following his dream. If it works out, then it works out. And if it doesn’t…then what?
Then he’ll just do something else.