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I went through something very similar. I got a full ride and had the perfect college resume, and I wanted to be an engineer, but deep down I didn’t want to go to college. I tried to put on a smile and have a positive attitude. I was killing it, right? Life was going well, so I had to be happy, right? I wasn’t though. The CliffNotes version is I did 3 semesters before I walked away from my full ride, thrived through an Associate’s degree that involved hands-on learning, and took a second attempt at my Bachelor Degree that lasted 2 years before I walked away to keep from falling apart.
I always believed engineering was my calling. I believed that I would be doomed to a life of unfulfillment because I couldn’t be an engineer without a bachelor degree, right? I got a drafting (technical drawing) job to at least be in the same arena as engineering. I asked questions, learned, and worked my way into mechanical design (creating parts based on engineering specs). I repeated the cycle, and now I am a proud design engineer.
My situation isn’t quite parallel with yours, but there are two things I’d like to impart from my experience. First, the path to success looks different for everyone, and it may not involve college. Ryan Kirby of Fit For a King wanted to make music, but went to college instead. He got depressed, wound up dropping out, and worked menial jobs with no sense of self-worth before he finally started pursuing music. Now he’s a professional metal vocalist. Second, if you don’t want to be there, don’t waste the time, money, and emotional well-being. A decade later, I recognize that my “failures” in college were just me being in the wrong situation, but the experience fundamentally reshaped me in ways more negative than positive. Don’t set yourself up to fail in a place where people say success is the only option. College will always be there when you’re ready. I took a semester when I was 29, and I’m toying with taking more classes in the next couple years.
If college is your Plan B, that makes it a fallback. If you put your fallback first, you put your safety net above you. Now, before you have a mortgage and a family, is the time to take chances and try “crazy” things. Not all families are supportive, and you might get pushback. I would encourage you to write out your thought and feelings and have an earnest discussion with your family about why college is not the best thing for you right now, if you do in fact want to put it on hold. Good luck, and keep us updated.