Most people live a complacent life. They convince themselves that they enjoy their job and that their job gives them the freedom to sometimes take a vacation and have some fun weekends.
Some people find and hold onto their passions/ hobbies and do them on the side... when they have time away from their job. They enjoy the freedom and feeling of doing what they love and convince themselves to be thankful that their job gives them the time to do those passions/ hobbies sometimes.
A few people don't accept being complacent and try to find that work/ life balance that they dream of and try to make their passions their career. Many though get lost along the way, don't find their true passion, feel defeated and return to self imposed complacency.
Only a small percent of people don't accept being complacent and don't give up. These are the people that live the lives you day dream about. They make a living doing what they love and spend their time how they want to spend it.