Thanks everyone for the comments!
My parents actually started a business about 10 years ago. They wanted to be the first in that line of work to run a clean, honest business. It didn't work out, partly because they were very honest and hardworking, and secondly because the business they were in plummeted shortly after they started. After that, we had to move to a terrible city in my grandparents house. Even though we were able to return home to middle TN in a few years and get a nice house, we never fully recovered. Oldog/Newtrick... You are from Nashville... So I am sure you know what this 'failing industry' is I am talking about!
Even though I was young then, it still hit hard for the whole family. I look back now and wondered if anything could have been done. Sometimes my parents wish they could go back with the knowledge they have now... But my dad still wants to start a business. He has always loved the thought of doing it, and I think if the conditions were right, he'd do it again in a heartbeat. I also know that I have my parents to give me advice and help me make better decisions as I go into this career.
I really appreciate everyone's help and comments on here. I am not going to let one person get me down... I would love to hang around here more... Unfortunately, I think I'll mostly be a 'lurker' as I don't have much to contribute, except maybe a bit in the 'cleaning' and 'off topic' sections! Hopefully I'll be able to join in more WHEN I start my volunteer work. After all, the reason I joined this forum was to get advice from the masters!
PS: Also... I would love it if you all could share your stories on how you got into your career. How old were you when you started? Was it a family thing? Do you love what you do?