Hello everyone. I came to gather some advice from all the experienced people here. I'm 16 and going to be a 10th grader in high school this coming year. I have taken Algebra 2 while doing Algebra 1, and they are letting me into AP Calculus this year early. I personally love math and physics, but lately have just been studying pure mathematics. At the moment I can't decide whether or not I should go into Theoretical Physics, Astrophysics, or Math as a career. So far I have been teaching myself Differential and integral Calculus and have gone on to explore a bit of partial derivatives and differential equations. I am also somewhat versed in Set theory and more abstract maths, I currently am studying Abstract Algebra among other things. I also really enjoy modern Physics, but I feel as if I lack the mathematical training to truly get into Quantum mechanics at the moment. I have considered becoming a mathematician and eventually getting a Phd in it. However, all the info I've gathered on the internet is super discouraging. As if no one can do it. I am a dedicated student, and I have no problem striving to whatever ends I must go to to suceed, but my god, these people make it sound like a soul destroying activity that ruins lives. Is it that horrible? This is really sad and dissapointing to hear. I feel as if my heart is truly set on the theoretical side of math, but it seems that I would have to become an applied mathematician to get a job other than professor. Can I become an applied mathematician and still contribute to developing and contributing to more theoretical areas of math? This is my dream. I would also like being a theoretical physicist or astrophysicist. I have considered going into one of these two fields and doing mathematics on the side as a hobby, could I contribute to pure mathematics if I follow that path? Also, I wish to ask all of you mathematicians out there of what sort of materials you would recommend for someone like me trying to self teach themselves pure mathematics. I spend most of my mental time thinking about mathematical ideas, and it is my dream to contribute to the field, even as a different profession. Thank you very much for reading.