What do you think life is about, just being hedonistic? No, life is exactly about caring for each other. With some hedonistic pleasures thrown in. It is up to you to discover pleasure in all you do...the problem is that people think this life on earth is all there is as they are disenchanted with religions.They need to discover the spirit in their existence and sometimes pray to something greater than their egos is very helpful with that. Then you might discover that helping your parents and raising your children is the most meaningful things you can do with your life.
I think that if you have graduated from a reputable art college you no longer need to fear doing technically correct art but you can let go and experiment, to keep reproducing same old pretty illustrations seems redundant unless of course that is what comes from you naturally...we as artists all have to find our style, the one that comes to you naturally. I have done realism, surrealism and abstract art and feel most at home with a funky combination of all three with a little humour thrown in. I do not feel compelled any longer to prove anything to anyone as an artist. Graduating from OCAD helped with that too...there are however artists who did not go to college but are naturally brilliant, but not that many. There are more immature artists among those that did not study art and although their work seems simplified it does not hit you as professional. For example a professional artist simplifying a woman's face is in a totally different league from an amateur, even if both add long eyelashes. The difference is in the placement of lines...a professional artist with experience will place those lines exactly where they should be to say the most and at the right angle...whereas the amateur will have them roaming all over the face because they don't understand the underlying structure of a face.
I strongly recommend studying anatomy and doing a lot of life drawing before attempting a face...