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Hey folks. I have asked many people for advice already but I haven't made up my mind yet. I want to quit my job to study to become a blacksmith. There's a school in Sweden where you literally study pure blacksmithing for 4 years and then you get the title "Journeyman". After that I'd either wanna work as a helper somewhere or open up my own shop and make tools and gates. The thing is I already have a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering and I've soon worked one year in it. Sitting on a chair 8h/day in front of the computer. Drawing blueprints or editing Excel spreadsheets. I hate sitting all the time and the planning aspect is uninteresting and boring. And then there's the blacksmithing school. The school doesn't cost anything at all. I would just have to get a weekend or evening job to cover rent and expenses. Should I quit my job to follow my dream? I've only had this dream for a year but why wait any longer? Been in the smithy about 10 times. But I've been thinking about it every single day, watching youtube blacksmith videos and instagram photos and bought an anvil and a blacksmith's vise for later (I live in an apartment). I'm not getting any younger (I'm 26) and the clock's ticking. My parents want me to stay at my job (who knew?) so they won't give me real advice. They say the school takes too long. What I am worried about myself is what happens after school. I'm not (yet) very socially skilled so sales might suffer from that. Also I'm not very confident and haven't been especially entrepreneurial (until now). I don't know what I'm capable of. Then again, in the end we're all gonna die so why not give it a shot. Thanks for reading.
Today I was in my back yard working with my break drum forge for the first time. I was just about to take the hot metal out of the fire when my neighbor popped her head over the fence and said "do your parents know what your doing" I responded yes because they support the idea and she said you should really stop playing with fire wearers to close and I think you should stop also the hammering is quite obnoxious so I told her "what do of want me to do" and she said just please stop with the fire. So I took every thing down and put it in my garage so I am done with black smithing until they move or die. :(