I read an article about a nurse who worked with the dying. Over the years she heard many last regrets, and she eventually decided to write about them.
She said the #1 complaint she heard was that people hadn't led a life true to themselves. For example, children dream of growing up to become astronauts, mountain climbers or ballerinas. But most instead wind up working on assembly lines or as checkout clerks in grocery stores.
Is there a philosophical term for this situation? For example, "Sophie's dreams of being a ballerina ended with a dead-end job in a warehouse. She never achieved her ______."
EDIT: I asked a rather confusing question. The answers have given me a lot of food for thought. In fact, I think I should have asked my question a different way.
In particular, someone pointed out that we can't all be ballerinas (or the #1 mountain climber). This might be thought of as being true to yourself in an occupational sense.
But think about all the people whose very minds appear to be "stuck in the matrix." It may be inevitable that they should wind up with a dead-end job, but most people won't even make the tiniest effort to change their lot. You might say they go through life as apathetic cowards.