This story from The New York Times made me think about the trajectory of my professional life and whether I have ended up in the place I was aiming for...the answer is no.
However, that's not a bad thing. The medium in which I began my career is faltering. It's not the place to be right now, though I pray it will find its footing and revive or transform itself soon. Long before things were on shaky ground, I jumped into another, less popular (at the time) area because it seemed interesting and a place I could make a mark. I've learned a lot, am quite marketable now and am earning more money than I thought I would ever earn in this business. The skills I have now can translate to other industries.
That said, I'm itching to pursue a dream I never acknowledged as attainable. Mr. SingLikeSassy has made me realize it's not as out of reach as I had previously thought. I'm doing things now so that I can attain that dream.
But back to my original question: do you have the life you want? If not, why not and what are you doing about it?