I liked this advice a lot (via Jason Kottke):
“Therein lies the best career advice I could possibly dispense: just DO things. Chase after the things that interest you and make you happy. Stop acting like you have a set path, because you don't. No one does. You shouldn't be trying to check off the boxes of life; they aren't real and they were created by other people, not you. There is no explicit path I'm following, and I'm not walking in anyone else's footsteps. I'm making it up as I go.”
I have never been much of a list maker. I’ve often thought of my life as a constant reaction to the world around me. Though I’ve taken pride in this ability to react, respond and still find success, I’ve also felt guilty at times about not having a better plan for the future.
This bit of advice makes me feel a little better about my somewhat random life trajectory.