Life a life that feels right to you not one that looks right to everyone else.
Give yourself permission to follow the path that make you happy. And realize that some people in your life will refuse to walk beside you as you embark on this journey; they simply won't approve no matter what you say.......and that's OK. Some times when you commit yourself to creating your own happiness, it clashes with the perceptions of other. Some people may lift you up and some may be saboteurs. Sometimes in order to gain something great or to become something great.....actually most of the time.........you have to let go of something else.
Remember you have the power to change. Your journey is your and yours alone. The people you take on that journey are your choice.