I am writing something in a blog and I want to write this sentence
Its a very hard thing to follow a path you believe in and are passionate about when everything around you starts to _________ and every tom dick and harry you know takes the other lucrative path
I want to fill up the blank with something that means "unravel in the worst possible way", i.e. things starting to crumble around you, but you are alone and strongwilled on that path. Any such words/phrases in English? I don't want to just use the word crumble - it's too negative and it stands out too much. Unravel in a bad way softens the blow a little bit, but just unravel on its own is too subtle.