I am very well aware that Stack Exchange discourages personal and opinion-based questions that will likely be useful to no one except the original poster. However, I know for a fact that there are many people with stories like mine, and since I was unable to find similar questions, I am hoping that whatever answers there might be to this question will be useful to others as well.
I'll give my concise background which is typical of many people from where I live:
I am 28 years old, and I come from a very poor background in Lithuania. My parents couldn't afford to get me any education beyond middle school, and neither could I. By the time I reached adulthood, I was already carrying a significant financial debt. I work 3 different jobs, 15 hours a day, just to afford my bills. I live from paycheck to paycheck, with zero savings, eating 1-2 times a day, wearing 5 years old clothes, and I have almost no free time to earn a chance to get out of this viscous cycle. Despite that, I am, at the expense of sleep, self-teaching myself in programming, electronics, math and astrophysics. My life-long dream is to work in space exploration industry, to do something significant that will help the human race take the next big step into the stars. I imagine myself as someone designing space missions, coding the next Voyager, being part of a team that works on another Mars rover - I'd take any of that if I could.
Being 28 years old already, with no money, no property, and very little time for self-improvement, I'm fearing that with each passing year, this dream is becoming less and less real, no matter how hard I try to put my every spare minute into educating myself with knowledge and skills that would make me competitive in space industry.
As I cannot afford college education, my chances are very slim. I tried, numerous times, to move to a better country, but these plans failed, and now I'm tied by the obligation to take care of my sick, old parents; And yet, I refuse to give up.
What I do have:
- A decent head on my shoulders;
- Damn dogged determination to absolutely anything it takes to fulfill this dream.
What I don't have:
Ability to change my livelihood
Knowledge of what steps to take to "reach the stars", so to speak
Again, I apologize if this question looks too personal to be asked on Stack Exchange, but I assure you that there are thousands of people in my exact situation, stuck in complete poverty, and even though they dreams might differ, they seek the same solution as I do. I am sure that if anyone would be willing to answer this specific question, it would be a great example to those in a comparable situation.
Thank you for your understanding, and I hope that someone can provide a constructive insight on how to make this impossible possible.