Within reason. We'd all love to win the lotto, but you gotta make a living at this job. If that involves watching paint dry, so be it.
When I was a kid, I wanted nothing more than to be a veterinarian. I love dogs, kinda like cats, other than that, I am mostly apathetic except to those animals I spend a lot of time with. The big reason was because I thought I would see lots of dogs. The local vet even offered to pay me to work in her office and see if it was something I wanted to do. The other big reason is because one of my fathers customers, a veterinarian in Bel Air, had a big farm where he cared for all kinds of exotic animals. My new neighbor, who is a country veterinarian/cop k9 dog trainer looks to have a good time, from what I see him doing, and the stories he tells me.
My next dream job was comic book artist. After I discovered I had some artistic talent. Maybe around the time I was ten or 11, I rediscovered comics, and really took them on with a passion. Superheroes, superheroes, superheroes. Then I took a comic art class at Towson University when I was 15, and the teacher gave me his copy of Bud Plant Comic Art, which opened my eyes to R Crumb, and all kinds of independent comics. After going to a comic book convention with that class, I realized that my art wasn't as good as the comic artists that had jobs there. Lots of kids running around with portfolios, although I remember the near naked super heroine models mostly.
So, after a while, I wanted to still work in art, but decided that I would work as a graphic designer. My uncle, who is a graphic designer, offered to teach me. I learned a lot teaching myself how to use Adobe programs, took a few college courses, but money was tight, and I let that fall by the wayside.
Now, my dream paying job is to be a ship captain. Don't know how, don't know where, but I love being on the water. Whether swimming, wading, or on a small boat, I love it. But my passion is when I am on a big boat in the Chesapeake Bay. I love the sport fisherman design, but gimme one of those old crabbing/fishing boats any day. They have more character IMHO. I have found several jobs online working for the government, one involves captaining a boat in Maine, where all you do is take scientists out to a reef, where they take samples. Just go out, and come back in. Might get boring after a while, but I don't think I could get bored living and working on the water. Hell, if bad weather is imminent, you don't have to go out. The pay is great, and the benefits are great.
I like my job right now, serving the public. I can do a lot of other things in my spare time, I only have to give 40 hours a week. That leaves 72 hours, minus sleep, for me to do what have you. I have been told by makers that they would teach me their craft, offers from forgers and stock removers. I have gotten an offer from a wood carving buddy of mine to learn from him. I have even gotten an offer from a local marina that makes custom boats, they asked if I wanted to learn a little from them. Wanna do something more than collecting rent, or collecting profits from a laundromat etc like some people at work.
Hindsight is 20/20...