I have worked in education for almost 9 years now, knowing the whole time I wasn't right for it but trying to make myself fit into roles that were so against the nature of my personality. At the time I felt that I needed to push myself out of my comfort zone, but I pushed myself way too far, for too long. I work in a support role now, which is less pressure than a teacher/tutor role but I am quite certain I want to leave education completely. I am taking steps to achieve this and actually completed a part time floristry course this year with a rather successful result. Ideally I would like to be self employed. However, whenever I speak to family and friends about my future plans they glaze over and don't quite believe/understand that I want to leave education. They seem to think I am chasing pipe dreams and should stay in education as it is better money and security (which we all know is not always true). This attitude puts a downer on me and makes me feel stuck in my position. A career change is not often easy but is easier with the support of others, which I don't feel like I have. Anyone else experienced such comments?