You aways do.. but its aways up to you.
Have you seen what a "favela" is? There is no word in english to describe it, luckly I did had to live there, but my uncle did.
He have 3 sons, He lived on that hell on earth for 7 years, until he managed to get a descent job to get a house.. the conditions of his house aren't pristine, he doesn't have much.. but he is working for it.
Never giving in to the 'easy' gank/thiefery or anything.. He aways worked towards his dream job (Being into the marine)
So no matter were you grew up yes you do have a choice, but you need preserverance to keep that choice.
I didn't grew up on a great neigbourhood..
There was our local drug dealer and pimp and prostitutes, all about 100feet from my house. The school was about 1mile -.-
From my group of friends, each with their own problem..
Divorced parents, rich that got poor, really poor that managed to get up.
I think we were 12 total..
1 ended up as a drug addict..
and 1 smokes here and there, but not to the point to sell anything he can gets his hands on.
The rest? All clean~ I'm one of thoses, heck I'm in the USA!
Most are working honest pay jobs, some even got their own places.
Point, environment doesn't necessarily make a bad person..
Its easier I say.. but if you want to have a choice, you WILL have a choice.
"Chile is a thin and tall country"