I recently confirmed that I am going to be making a lot of money in the future. Not like ridiculous amounts or anything, just in the sense that I will be able to not worry much about living how I want and being able to support the people I love. SO I was understandably very happy about this and called my mom to discuss my plans for the future. Well, my sister decides that my enthusiasm about being able to vacation and see movies and treat my girl to dinner indicates that I no longer value intellect. This may not sound like a big deal to you, but my family is largely composed of intellectuals. My father founded and ran an unconventional school. My mom is a writer who teaches English. My mom's husband (I don't consider him my step-father) is a poet and teacher. My older sister is a musician who is teaching and getting a master's in ethnomusicology. Since most people come from a culture where the main goal is prosperity, where "success" is simply the sum of your love life, family, and economic status, it is often hard to explain things like why my sister and mom were so upset at me. They are upset because they believe I have forgotten what is meaningful. They think I am simply going to work and play, abandoning reading, creative writing, learning about music, art, philosophy, etc. It's incredibly annoying that I get excited about being able to freely do what I want and then my family jumps down my throat with ridiculous admonitions and accusations.