Years ago I lived in a small coastal town. The local kids had terrible truancy records, surfing always came before school. A clever headmaster rounded up his teachers, worked out an arrangement to make school hours flexible around the waves, so kids could surf when it was up and study when it wasn't.
There was much debate around town, should teenagers be learning discipline or free to follow their passions? Was school a time to learn that some joys have to be passed up for future gain, or was a balance possible?
Chances are none of these kids became professional surfers, not many do. I can guarantee they all look back on their school days, their surfing days, with joy. Their teenage years will be a fond memory that will carry them through life. Many of us don't ever think about school, it was left behind the moment we walked out the gate.
Not every passion has to be a profession. Choosing how we spend our time is one of the few choices left in this modern world. I won't spend all my time working. If I love hanging around cafes, drinking coffee and talking crap then I will, I'll fit work around it. If you don't see me up at dawn don't think I'm not working, I won't see you tinkering with a guitar at two in the mroning either.
If you have a passion that makes you feel like a teenager don't let work get you down. Make time people, make time.