-- The 'hardest thing' is figuring out what you've said and trying to remember it. The hardest part is the lie. You know it.
Like I said, you have to TRUST THEM . A parent does not stop loving their child because the child isn't the astronaut or concert pianist or college professor they imagined he would be. Parents love their children because the child is born of their heart and their spirit.
I knew a lady who attained a doctorate and set out in life to a vow of poverty in order to give her educational expertise away for FREE to people who needed it and couldn't afford it.
This lady's mother, right up to the day she died, told her neighbors and other nosey friends and family that her daughter was a "secretary". The mother was ashamed of her daughter living in near poverty despite having multiple college degrees and doing a clearly good and respectable thing.
When I asked the lady how she wasn't heartbroken that her own mother would rather tell people she was a secretary than be proud of what she was - she shrugged it off and said, "It's my mothers problem that her values are so shallow; it's not mine. We can't waste our time or our life on things we cannot change"
--- So that's your advice. Live your life the way it is. Be proud of who you are and what you're doing, even if it's digging ditches, breaking rocks or picking up roadside trash. Be the BEST at whatever you do and be proud of being a man who lives rightly and does the correct things.
If your parents don't get it, then shrug it off. It's their problem, not yours. You cannot waste your time or your life on things that cannot be changed.
But just like with the lady mentioned above, her mother still loved her and she knew it. Even if she didn't think highly of her lifestyle - her mother loved her. Just like your parents will always love you.
You must trust them.