Dear TRENDS Diary,
I graduated from high school in 2020—a COVID graduate. My parents were pushing me to go to college. I definitely wasn’t interested. Instead, I wanted to pursue gaming. I gamed all during high school. I found it fun, engaging and relaxing. And I was good at it. Everyone said it was a dead-end pursuit. No one makes a living from gaming.
I thought about gaming like football: Most people never make a cent from playing football, but a few people make a living and an even smaller percentage of people make a lot of money from the sport. No one was interested in my comparison. Everyone wanted me to go to college.
I really wanted to see what I could do with gaming. From what I saw online, some were great; some were boring; some were weird. Just like everything else.
Eventually, a gamer let me play out his evening. Then others did too. I started getting a following. I have to admit there was some luck involved. But I also was a good gamer and a good talker. I even started making money. Not a lot, but as much as I was making at my entry-level job.