Please allow me to reassure you, children, that this essay and the worldview it represents is overly-simplified and damaging to anyone who internalizes it.
Please do not reduce the journey of your life into a test you will either pass or fail depending on making the right choices. Doing so merely sets you up for a mid-life crisis of gargantuan proportions that will cripple you emotionally and send you into a spiral of reckless choices.
LIFE IS NOT A TEST. YOU CAN NOT FAIL. THERE IS NO RIGHT WAY.
Later on, you might say “Oh noes! But what if I had thrown it all away and [insert whatever]? Then surely everything would be better!”
You have no idea. People spend too much time trying to be something — the CEO, or the artist formerly known as, or the guy who swam the channel. It’s commonly rooted in our inability to like ourselves for who we are, and if you really want to be content with your life in a sustainable way, we are better served by appreciating our own company.
Here’s my life advice: just do what you’re going to do, and stop worrying about it. You’ll end up doing it one way or another, because it’s the right thing for you to do right now. It will make you who you are, who you are meant to be. So do it. Or don’t do it, if not doing it is what you end up doing. Either way, you made the right choice. Don’t read about other people’s experiences and second-guess yourself. That’s them. You’re you. And you are an exquisite work in progress.
You’ll note I’m not even touching this whole premise that the only reason you’re not pursuing your “calling” for a living is because it’s too scary, which is just HA HA HA so disrespectful of other people and their circumstances, but you know, whatever you say, honey.