From the many 180 degree turns I have made in my career, the one big lesson I have learned is this: Life is to be experienced, not optimized.
Life has no objective function to be maximized – it is not a calculus problem. It doesn’t have a destination that we need to hurry towards. Nor is it a competition we need to somehow win, defeating everyone else.
Life is just an opportunity to experience things – nothing less, nothing more.