[quote=zemi]I’m now imagining what would it look like if I was to disclose it then.
But I won’t be shouting that around. I think that there are some people who can hear I’m thinking about it and then there are some poeple whom I would not tell it unless I’m 100% certain. I think it’s absolutely normal. No one has the “right” to know that. I think just as you said that the family would be the hardest nut to crack
I have been discerning my vocation for almost three years now, and I am still in a similar position. Basically, I have a gradually expanding “circle” of people I have talked about it with – mostly my spiritual director, other priests, other people who I know are discerning, and a few of my close friends who are Catholic and who I know won’t try to discourage me (there are several who probably would, either directly or indirectly). Almost all of the people in this circle are at my college, which is far away from home. Back home, I have discussed it with only three people: my aunt/godmother, the local bishop (who is a family friend) and the vocations director. I have decided not to share it with anyone else back home (i.e., all of my family and friends from high school) until I am 100% certain that I will be entering the seminary. I get a sense that a few of them suspect, but I still am reluctant to “put myself out there” until I am certain.
As zemi said, no one has a “right” to know that unless you are mentally and spiritually prepared to share it with them. Telling someone that you want to enter the priesthood is not the same as telling them “I want to go to law school” or “I want to become a doctor”, for it brings with it all sorts of additional expectations and attitudes that you may not be prepared to deal with, and which dealing with now might only distract you from discerning God’s true call.