My work is fairly serious and I'm serious about being a hard working, honest and forthright person...but I try not to take life to seriously. Anyone who consistently gets bent by the small annoyances in life a) hasn't read the news lately (are you really that bad off compared to the rest of the world!?) b) is burnt and needs a vacation (been there!) or c) is maybe just maybe having a rough day... in any case... quite a few of the folks I see/meet in the world need to calm down a bit.
Factoids... I hail from the Midwest but intend to keep Seattle as my home for the duration. I work long hours and really like what I do for a living. I'm able to work those long hours by not letting that happen every single day and by knowing when to shift gears and get the hell out of town or down the street for a coffee/tea/beer/good stiff belt. I don't own a car (hurray for Zipcar) and get around on my bike (and yes... it's a single speed) or the bus. I play guitar and sing (and no... I'm not shy about it). I can't dance to save my life... or yours... but I swear I will someday... dance that is. I've been an avid diver and surfer for the past twelve years. I started XC skiing a few years ago and love it despite needing a great deal of improvement. I also sea kayak, hike, fish, the usual around Seattle, etc.
I don't think it means that I'm having an existential crisis but what I'm doing now will lead me in the direction that my professional life will go for the next long while... and that will likely be away form engineering.