April Miller Posted 8 months ago How do you balance living practically, with reaching for your dreams? How much does material gain matter, realistically? I fully understand your situation. I was in the same place many years ago. I had friends who traveled the rails jumping on & off moving freight trains, lived with out electricity and water in abandoned buildings, dumpster dived for food. these were (i believe) romantic attempts to not being or becoming "the man" or "selling out". I was with them for a bit and must say, it's a rough life. i came to a point (at 21) when I had to decide. there was a clear fork in the road, continue playing music & working at a "job" or decide to fully commit to college and a "career". I was not in any way financially blessed (I had to raise money to pay my full tuition, rent and all). I thought about how I would be living 5years or even a year down the road, I played out both possible options realistically and settled on college. what was the worst thing that could happen, I would be educated and have worked hard for that education. I did just that. in college I met a bunch of like minded people, including my partner, now of 16 years. we have grown up together and in alignment with each other, we live every day as if it may be our last and enjoy it as much as possible. we have traveled. we have had adventures. some of the best times have been on random everyday outings. I know you do not NEED material things to BE happy. However when you are able to pay for your food/ rent/ ect. it makes it a bit easier to be carefree-ish. Moderation is the key. if you go to the extreme on either side, you loose. not enough work/ $$ you will spend most of your time trying to eat & stay warm. too much $$ means you have spent too much of time at work instead of developing your personal life/ interests.. all in all it's a good idea to "work to LIVE, instead of Live to work" as well as keeping a young spirit and taking joy in everyday. your future is not some momentous thing that happens one day. it's a day by day thing that you build day by day. keep your actions in alignment with your heart.