the most important question to ask ourselves should be : what future do we want?
without setting our lives / priorities straight, investment is just a distractions. as we go into a vicious cycle of investing badly and getting bad returns, or worse still, getting wrecked. speaking from personal experience.
sometimes, the best favor we can do for ourselves, is NOT to lose money. not everyone is suited for so called 'active' investing, which is not something to be ashamed of.