It just occurred to me that most of my oldest friends chose a harder path than we could have gotten away with.
It was tough at first, but it seems that it eventually paid off for some of us and for the others (including me) it will most likely to do so in the the future. We had no guarantees when we started to follow our passions. All we knew is what we were doing made us happy. So we took that leap and never looked back. And I'm glad we did.