November 10, 2009

When you are a young person, all of this feels inevitable. It feels inevitable that you’ll be on television, or that you’ll be an astronaut, or that you’ll be the president. It’s hard-wired into every gland, this ambition to be known and renowned. And then of course you grow older, pudgier, stouter, portly, you have children or get a job or are drawn by fate to one life or another. Only the deranged don’t notice that the possibilities for their life are narrowing. And only the truly happy look around and say, “That’s fine.”

– John Hodgman from More Information Than You Require