Scout is taking a gap year of sorts, to figure out what he really wants to do in college. I understand that totally. I think an education is certainly valuable, but I also think you can get educated outside of college.
And it makes no sense to spend a load of money on college courses when you aren't really sure what you want to do. There is value in getting out there in the working world and gaining some real life experience.
Which is what he is doing. He is working full-time as a photographer. Paying his own car note, insurance, and phone bill. Composing music and maintaining a couple of websites. Working on his own photography interests. About to turn 21, and I don't even know how that is possible.
I like having him around, but at the end of the gap year, he needs to have made a decision about what he wants to do. Not that I will toss him out, but I want him to make some future plans.
Meanwhile, I am loving the work I see on his photo websites! I ordered some notecards and a luggage tag featuring some of these pics - aren't they lovely?
I'm a tad biased, but I think he has an eye for beauty. I'm glad that he still sees the world this way, as I think it probably easy nowadays for twentysomethings to get discouraged at all they are seeing and hearing in the news. Maybe he will be able to take both extremes into account when he decides how to make his mark in the world.