Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Middle-of-Nowhere, Illinois
If you're 18, you can do whatever you want. Your folks can't stop you if you want to join the military. If you want it that bad, go for it. Your parents will get over it.
At the end of the day, it's YOUR life. You only get one, so you better make the most of your time on this earth. Live however you **** well please. I know what it's like to have difficult parents and I don't blame you for not wanting to tell them, because it would probably just turn into another screaming match. I've been there. Maybe you could tell them just before you leave. That way, they get to say goodbye, but it would be too late to try and stop you. I would tell them that you've already made the decision and you're going to go, whether they like it or not. They love you, and they're have to accept it eventually. You can't let your parents dictate your life forever.
"A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is ultimately to be at peace with himself.
What a man can be, he must be." Abraham Maslow, 1968