What a journey? Interesting read. But let me offer you a simple advice — to get the perspectives — right about our outlook to life ànd accomplishments.
I will advice you go for any goals of your interest because you so wish AND NOT for social acceptance.
Every human being should design his or her own path in life, it is a mindset that eliminates frustration if it happens you dont meet up with others you think you are competing with.
Life is competitive but it is better played like a game of golf.
Everybody is giving the chance to tee off from same spot but we all take turns and accomplish our milestones differently. Everybody wins as long as you — like other players — know you have given your own best shots.
I wish you well, your wife and baby.