A couple of weeks ago I asked the question of the Number One Novels commenters: what would they do for a career if money were no object? I was shocked by the fact that everyone listed a career choice that is obtainable.
Most people said they'd be authors—to no great surprise. But a few had other ideas. Craft shop owner, used book store owner, librarian. All jobs that could be achieved even with money as an obstacle. The distinction, I guess, being that they could not be easily obtained.
My dream—money notwithstanding—is to be an author. Which is exactly what I'm trying to do. I don't think I'm better than these people; I simply could not imagine not living my life with my dreams in focus. It was that—that these people would allow a monetary obstacle to prevent them from following their passion—that astounded me. You get the one life: make the most of it, folks!