Hey TB, I, like many other people, am stuck in that stage. How should I tackle music in my life? ...or rather, how have you tackled music in your life? My parents are firm believers that you need money in order to be happy. There is a quote that says something along the lines of: "The difference between a musician and a large pizza, is, well, that a large pizza can feed a family of four." I'm young, I'm inexperienced, but I don't want to live a linear life. I desire to work to live, not to live to work. Am I being selfish here? Is this lazy? My dilemma is to go with a compromise or not. Do I live on life in the path of a normal career, with music as a side dish? Do I jump gloriously into the waves of music? If I pursue my other consideration, chiropractics (or whatever else I may decide on in the future), then I compromise with the time and effort I could use to study music in college. Chiropractic education is a total of about 8 years, so for me, its about out of the picture to get a degree in music first. Either I pursue the career life, and have music as a side, or ride the music and hope that the wave brings me fairly far. I'm young, I'm inexperienced, I'm stupid, and I'm self-centered. I would just like to ask the more experienced people here: what do you think? What did you choose? Are there factors here that I'm oblivious to? If it changes anything, I play multiple instruments, and am eager to expand. I am, however, inexperienced at most of the instruments that I play, and in music knowledge in general. To be short, I'm a novice in the field. Thanks TB, I appreciate it.