I believe I am one of the luckiest people . . . ever. I understand that this is a wild claim, but as the universe has continued to provide what I needed when I needed it (and sometimes almost the moment I "asked" for it), I have come to the conclusion that this is the case. High-5 if you feel lucky (high-5 if you need some luck as well)!
Before you go on and perhaps start to imagine you could ("hmmm, maybe") entertain the idea of US, see my "most private thing" section . . . It will most likely give you pause.
Early enough in life for it not to seem totally ridiculous, I made the decision to steadfastly "follow the happy" as a life goal. It has served me well, despite the arguably shameful number of times it has meant leaving a career on the cusp of financial success. As a result, my original idea of what "success" is has been altered - it only gets the stamp if the "the happy" is its core component.
In the parent category I was blessed. My parents are smart, very loving and have always tried to teach me how to be discerning with regards to quality on all fronts. I was always supported in my decisions, even when it came to leaving college and my home in the Midwest for California to pursue my passion, skateboarding. As a result, I have really enjoyed life (the triumph and even the heartbreak of it).
I have had some wide ranging jobs and careers: UPS pre-loader, clothing rep, National coach, writer/photographer, Professional sports judge, Victoria's Secrets sales person (I have admittedly done some things just to see if they could be done), just to name a few.
I have been fortunate to have traveled the world through skateboarding: Moscow, Dubai, Sydney, Paris, Beijing, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, among others - it's been a dream.
I have read (and believe) that bliss hinges on living in the moment. The thing I love most about travel (most obvious where there is a big language barrier), is that you spend a far greater amount of time in the moment. Because you have NO idea of what is to come, you're just right there experiencing . . . and it is true, it's constantly blissful.
I started my own business recently and it is successful (both by my standard as well as in the popular sense). My life has changed in another unexpected way as well - OKC seems a good initial step to adding a "special someone" to my life.
Phew! That may have been a little wordy and in my head, but don't worry, I'm also a skateboarder - action, action, action!