Hie yer hence from me heath!
I know it's very hard when even your own family is not supportive and not understanding at all. But don't you want to prove them wrong? Treat it like a hobby. People laugh and say you are this, you are that, and that you can never do something, well, go ahead and achieve that exact same thing, then you will know who has the last laugh. Don't be put down by criticism.
I know... It's just difficult not letting it get to ya, when the criticism seems constant. And it's related to how yer not like the rest o' the family - ie, really dumb in my case. Not me, per say - but some o' my family are like that.
Anyway, stand your ground and don't let 'em think they can push ya around. :thumbup: