Back in our college days (which are now further away than I care to admit), my friend Tim would randomly ask people (by way of conversation starter), "What's your philosophy of life?" I have no recollection whatsoever of my answer to that question at the time. His, upon return of the question, was almost inevitably "Run long, [something], and punt..." (note to self: ask him in next email...) And no, I have no idea what he meant by that.
I asked another friend that question once, and his answer was "No regrets." And when I asked him the follow-up question: "what do you want to do when you grow up?", his answer was (years later still) amazing: "I'm already doing it."
That's just cool, and I hope, Dan, that wherever you are, those answers are still true for you. Times have changed, and things did not go quite the way anyone envisioned them - and yet...
It's a philosophy of life worth taking into consideration, isn't it? I want to live with no regrets. I want to be doing now what I want to do someday - or actively working toward it, anyway.
There's a song I've heard quite a bit lately, and it has worked its way into my soul. It's by the wonderfully talented John Mayer, and goes a little something like this:
What would life be like, if we lived it with this sort of philosophy?
John Mayer Lyrics