“These things don’t go together. You must be a unified human being, either good or bad. You must diligently work either on your own reasoning or on things out of your control-take great care with the inside and not what’s outside, which is to say, stand with the philosopher, or else with the mob.”
-Epictetus, Discourses, 3.15.13
Stand with the philosopher that way you decide what to do with your life. Don’t conform to the mob. Always listen to those around you, but ultimately you know what you want. Don’t let others back you down from your goals.
You’re the average of the five people you most associate yourself with.
Remember that, become aware of how true that statement is.
It’s not necessarily a bad thing, you’re going to have plenty common interests with your friends. But choose wisely, for your friends can hold you back just as much as yourself.
Make decisions for yourself and your best interests. That’s how you get to do something you love.