This week's This American Life is called Plan B and it starts with Ira Glass talking about how almost all of us are living in our Plan B, what we did when what we originally meant to do didn't work.
I'm not sure, but I think I'm more or less living in my Plan A. I mean, if you had asked me in high school or college what I wanted to be, I might have said an astronaut, or a writer, or a lawyer, but I never made more than a half-assed attempt at any of them.* I got as far as writing away for law school catalogs, but as soon as I read in them about the existence of JD/MPP programs, and thus the existence of such a thing as public policy school, it was clear that was a much better fit. And I'm married to someone I met when I was 18.
I'm very aware of how lucky I've been, and I'm grateful. But I also think I might need a new goal, a new Ithaka to look for. I think maybe I'll pull my copy of Barbara Sher's wonderful book Wishcraft: How to Get What You Really Want (now in its 30th year in print) from the shelves and see what inspires me.
*I went to space Camp, worked on the less serious of the two college papers for a couple of semesters, and took the LSATs.