This image really hits home for me.
I went to a college that was really expensive when I could have gone to one that I had a full ride to. I was told that I was completely off my rocker to pay so much money for a degree that didn't make any. I was told that it was such a shame I was wasting my intelligence on art. Go to school for something serious. Get a real job. Grow up.
If that sounds familiar to you, don't listen to them. Following your dreams is a scary thing. It's hard. It's more work than seems possible at times. But if you work hard to follow your dreams, you can look back on your life with the satisfaction of knowing that you gave your all. Sometimes it works out, sometimes it doesn't. But if you live life not in the 'rat race', not in the day-to-day routine, not just by trying to meet the expectations of others, but by meeting your own expectations- being the very best, most passionate 'you' you can be, now that is a life worth living.
And try to be loving and gracious. Especially loving.
I'm pretty sure that sums up a fulfilling life. I'll check back in when I'm 90, just in case.