Success means something different to everyone. Take a moment and think about what success means to you. Now think of where you got that image of success from.
Society leads us to believe that in order to be successful we need to have a good paying a job, a nice home, a nice car and enough money to travel each year. On top of that we have to have the perfect body and the perfect family. (Or at least have the perfect body.)
(Think of all the tv shows out there that have a working hot wife, and a fat lazy husband.)
The world teaches us to believe that we need to go to college right out of high school, and if you don't.. you are a failure. The world teaches us that your job is your life.
The question, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" is a terrible question to ask a child. It's even more terrible when the child gets scorned for saying they want to be a mommy, an artist, a musician or any other "impractical, poor paying job".
The best thing in life is that you can literally do whatever YOU want to do. You don't have to listen to society and the media. College and work doesn't define you. It's up to you to define yourself to the world. If you don't want a mainstream job, don't get one. Figure something else out.
Once way or another it is going to be difficult.
You need to learn to stand on your own two feet, and take care of yourself. It's time to sift through all the crap you've been taught about how to behave, how to look, how much to weigh, what to drive, where to work, what to wear, how and where you should live and what you should do for a living.
Believe it or not,
You are in control.
You are in control of your own life.
You are the reason why you are happy or sad.
So don't wait for happiness.
Go out and find it.
It's time to learn how to truly give back to the universe. It's time to start creating and contributing to the world... but in your very own way.
Don't let others make you believe you are a failure just because you don't measure up to their definition of success.
This is your life, and your only shot to be happy.