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Scientists! What does real research work feel like?

I wish to become a physicist one day, i absolutely love doing random research, but i sometimes feel that its only so because it makes me feel smarter :P
Nevertheless, i'm always scribbling in class doing useless mathematics and physics just for fun, but the 'temporary' research always has some solid foundation.

So i'd like to know, Is research as thrilling and fun as it seems? Or the mathematics and complexity would simply bore the ordinary?

Also, how is the general salary like? Do you struggle to obtain what you desire, and does it really matter in the long term?

Thank you

P.S. Im currently 15, if that helps

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    Oct 11 2013: Do whats fun and interesting , and the money will follow . (most of the time )

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