Enter the soul-sucking sensation of guilt.
Now put on the brakes.
When I was in first grade, they told me I could be president. Lucky for you citizens of the U.S.of A, I had no interest in that position. But I did have plenty of interest in being a doctor, a teacher, a lawyer, and a short phase where I was convinced I was destined to be a Broadway sensation. And each and every time I changed my course, everyone cheered me on. The sky was the limit, etc. Not to go all guidance counselor, but we're supposed to dream big. So when did the rules change? At twenty-five? Thirty?
The truth is the rules haven't changed, only the players. Maybe you loathe your day job but needed the good insurance plan. Maybe you love your day job but wanted to add author to your resume. Either way, there's nothing wrong with still dreaming big. It doesn't make you irresponsible and it doesn't make you selfish. It makes you someone who refuses to settle for less than what they want from life.
There are, and will always be, the nay-sayers who like to pull our heads from the clouds and make us question if it's nothing more than a futile effort. Don't let them bring you down. In such an instance, you might borrow some words of wisdom Kristin Miller said in a Highway email thread discussion on this topic: