I've always had a passion programming and for video games. All my life people have been telling me to just get a normal job and not waste time on games, that it's childish and foolish, and that I should get real and go work for a bank or something like everyone else. Well, I had to pass up on a lot of opportunities along the way, but today I'm a professional games developer working for a successful games company, and loving every minute of it.
Sure I might have made more money if I didn't go into gaming, and indeed I've had offers from banks for double my salary, but money is not what's important. As long as you have enough to care for yourself and your family, then happiness means far more. And since we spend a large part of our adult lives at work, that also means enjoying your work, even if your pocket is a little lighter than it might have been otherwise. Deciding to follow my passion as a career is the best choice I've ever made and I haven't regretted it for a second.