"Have you ever been at a point in your life where you have to choose which direction to take? Down the road on your left is one thing...down the right is another..straight ahead is what you've been doing for some time now. How do you choose which road to take? Is happiness, satisfaction and emotional well being as important or more important than money? How do you decide?"
I've been on that road, seen that fork (a couple of times actually) and have the decision made for me pretty easily "What is the best thing for the wife and kids?"
Often the best thing at the time has turned out to be the wrong thing in the long term, leading to another decision, and the same question "What is the best thing for the wife and kids?"
It is interesting to live your life this way, constant subjugation of your own dreams and desires for the good of your family... one would think that time would see bitterness and death of the heart... perhaps in some... but my road is not an endless one. I walk a finite path and (kinda like driving your car on empty with no gas station in sight. You don't know exactly when the ride will end, but you know it will be soon) can look down that path and see the glory of the decisions I make. The life my wife and children will have when I am gone. The ability to live comfortably, if not luxuriously. The opportunities for education which many will not have, and the memories of a father who did what he did for them, to give them a decent life.
The path you choose has got to be the path of your heart, but make damned sure your mind can see the logic of your heart's decision, less it all be in vain.
Yesterday is ash, tomorrow is smoke; only today does the fire burn.
"Everything is your own damn fault, if you are any good." E. Hemmingway