When do you think, "okay, this project is worth a chunk of my life," and then stick with it?
And then, once you do finally stick with something, something better will come along eventually. What do you do then? You're not tied to your job like a normal person, so you can't say, "if only I had the freedom, I would do that better thing..."
I had never realized how much meaning the "institution" gives to life.
I don't really understand this idea of being tied to a job. I'm not wealthy, I'm not financially independent. But if something better comes along, I do have the freedom to go do that instead. It doesn't really take all that much - a few years living expenses and a few marketable skills give you all the cushion you need.
And then, of course, you're faced with the "what do I do with my life" question. But I thought all 20-somethings (well, all middle-class 20-somethings in developed nations) faced that.