A nonfiction story that has the same theme.
I'm not sure if this is what you're looking for, but the novel The Innocent Man by John Grisham shares a common theme with the short story, "The Necklace" by Guy de Maupassant. In the story, Mathilde wanted something more from her life. She wanted glamor, wealth, and etc. She vigorously pursued these goals which is what led her to borrowing the necklace from M. Loisel. After losing the necklace, she spent the next ten years trying to make amends in terms of earning enough money so she could replace the lost necklace--only to find out the necklace she lost was a fake. It made no difference to her at that point. After all, her life was theoretically ruined.
In the novel, The Innocent Man, Ron Williamson vigorously pursues his dream of playing baseball, and when that doesn't work he turns to alcohol. He finds himself being charged and convicted of a murder he didn't commit. After spending 11 years in prison, DNA testing proves his innocence, but at that point his life was theoretically ruined.