They say it's all about the journey, rather than the destination. But then, "they" are chronically map-impaired, & their life meanders, much as mine. I eventually got that French degree [& the equivalent of a few friends for it, so it wouldn't feel lonely]; hey--it may be useless, but at least it's paid for! I am currently sharing [righteous] dominion with Purrself and Himself [who, regardless of the size of the collection, steadfastly refuses to represent Himself in bankruptcy court].
Now I ride herd on the spouse & critter, and go to as many cons as possible to socialize with friends.