artistic, and unconventional in terms of educational/career aspirations, goals, and options? Children of a creative, artistic, and/or unconventional bent are oftentimes told by average parents to have "more realistic" goals and to get a "real job". Such children's creative, artistic, and unconventional dreams are mocked, even derided by such parents as being impractical, even foolish. Only the strong creative, artistic, and/or unconventional child pursues his/her dreams no matter what. Many creative, artistic, and unconventional children subvert their dreams into "realistic" careers.
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Wonderful answer, by the way, was your mother the oldest child. Many oldest children have issues of power and always being first. If they aren't first, they don't want anyone else to be first either.
Yes, she is the oldest of four!
Oldest children must be first. They have to be the top banana so to speak or they are miserable. Oldest children do not want to be outdone by anyone. They have power issues!