Hi , I'm currently a high school student and aiming to be a theoretical physicist but before I go any further I'd like to know what it takes to be a theoretical physicist based on some basic questions revolving around my head all this time.Eventhough I searched for any information pertaining to theoretical physicist I'll always feel like I had deviate or lost from getting to know about the clear information I had to know. First of all what qualifications I have to earn to become a theoretical physicist, starting from my highschool to Universities. How many years it would take and what I will learn throughout the whole course as well as abstract courses such as quantum mechanics and relativity. Second of all , after finishing my higher studies where I have to search for jobs and will I work under any companies and always be ordered to do studies (more like forced-to-do ). Will I get due dates to complete what I will be currently working on ? Just for simplicity I want to have my own laboratory and work place to think and work out procedures and work with my own theories based on what I've studied. That would be far enough. Lastly I am passionate about making my own theories and trying them out especially in the branch of physics into atomic levels. I do my works and learning for passion. That is all what i wanted to ask , thanks in advance ! P.s. if you had read any sci-fic books pertaining to physics please state the title of the book as well , thanks !