About a year and a half ago, I fell in love with mathematics, physics, and our universe. I had dropped out of High School when I was 15 (grade 10) and wasted a year outside of school. During this time I started indulging in marijuana and alcohol. Also, ironically, it was during this year that I developed intellectually and found interest in academics. All of a sudden school had a purpose, and university became a desire. So I enrolled in school again, this time in the International Baccalaureate program and continued in from grade 11. My test results deemed that I needn't take grade 10. My first few months went well in the IB system but, I was unfortunately unable to disassociate myself from the drugs&alcohol crowd. Eventually, my problems were brought to light, and my mother and I decided it was best that I move to Pakistan, my native country. Ignore most of that, it's irrelevant and boring. My question is, would one be able to do theoretical physics simply because of passion and interest? Does one require some innate talent? I feel that I lack talent and I was wondering if I could make up for it through the merit of my hard work?