I don't know how much this belongs in the snark factory, but there isn't really anywhere better for it and it IS stressing me out to no end...
So, a little bit of back story... My dad passed away from brain cancer when I was sixteen (I'm twenty two now), and left behind me, my mom, and my younger sister (by two years). We aren't really close with my dad's side of the family, since none of them live anywhere near us at all, and the closest is over twenty hours away. My mom came from a small family, just her and her brother, who have also never really been close, although that's more his fault than hers (they live about two hours away).
My sister is now moved out on her own, so it is just me and my mother at home. I think we have a really close relationship, but that's what's making this so hard. She really doesn't like being on her own, and I do understand that. She's alright with me moving out, but we have a pretty symbiotic relationship at home. I pay her rent and do half of the chores in exchange for home cooked meals and not having to do laundry, lol!
Here's where this gets complicated... I bounced around in high school and university and I really had no idea what I wanted to do for a long time. Now that I've decided what to do, I really don't know how to tell her, let alone my sister or long-term boyfriend... After a lot of thought, I've decided that I want to enlist in the military. It's something I've thought about for years, but always got talked out of for one reason or another. I'm scared of my mom's reaction because I've seen how much she worries about my uncle, who's in the Air Force. I know that she wouldn't disapprove of me enlisting, but I don't know how to tell her. :/ Or everybody else... How do you tell somebody something like that, knowing that the reactions, while it won't involve yelling or screaming, won't be, well, good.
Help? Please? :/