So I'm a 30 year old man with a family (2 young children) and, in spite of my love for my family, I find the desire to "get serious," and eventually ordain, a major pull in my daily life.
Has anyone actually done this? Left their family and ordained? I keep thinking that if I get too wrapped up in the idea that I'll basically be focusing on something that is far in the future, to such a degree that the idea itself could become a hindrance, but I guess I also just want to make sure I have realistic motivations and expectations.
I'm not looking to make any drastic changes soon. I am content with things; I'm just trying to make sure that I'm moving in the right direction. Or in another way of speaking, I want to make sure that I create the right conditions so as that I might be able to pursue this course later in life. I figure I have obligations in the family and, quite frankly, I'm in no hurry to run from that (nor am I ashamed or depressed about it). I'm happy at home, but I'm reminded occasionally by the Dhammapada that one should be willing to forsake a lesser happiness for a greater, more lasting one.
No pressure, friends. Just looking for a little long-term advice.