(3) My parents will be disappointed in me if I don’t do something respectable instead of pursue my dream of being a ____This one is true for many professions. The rest are over here at Lawyers, Guns, and Money. I also like #2.
Semi-employed permanent bankruptcy is in no way respectable, and there’s a very real risk that that’s where going to law school will leave you. Your parents don’t understand this because their knowledge of what being a lawyer entails is based on TV (see (5), supra). If you want to write the Great American Novel you’ll probably fail, but it won’t be the kind of failure that produces $200,000 in non-dischargeable debt while filling you with self-loathing.