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The most important part of your question is "like I've always wanted". Please find out why you like it by getting as many relevant facts or information about it as possible like research, talk to some true pilots, take a couple of training classes, etc. etc. Just to ensure what you want is what you like and also how you like it. Usually when someone really loves a particular career, he/she will also like the less glamorous parts that come with the job.
Why not do both!? I know, you're thinking you need to focus most of your attention on one or the other but I would seriously consider trying to pursue both at the same time. I would definitely pursue your dream of flying but having a solid career to rely on in the event needed, is always a good thing.