I have shared this story on facebook but I will share it here
When I was younger and cooking for a living, I was told I could never do what I do now, draw comics, for a career by a co-worker. He said "you will never do it because it doesn't happen for people here. How many people do know from here draw comic books and make living off of it?!!!" I said "then I will be the first!!!" Well of course I wasn't the first but it did motivate me to not give up.
I guess all I wanted to say is, sometimes life blows and the things you want to do take a back seat. Don't give up. You can be the "first" as well. Figuratively that is.