I have been lucky. Little of my life has been planned. Most of it is disparate. I fell in love with math in 7th grade and managed to get into UC Berkeley with a scholarship and a major in math. When I felt I needed something more connected to the real world, I added a major in economics and prepared to continue with that in graduate school. But totally lacking in any form of self-confidence, I instead got a job as a secretary. From there, I went into computer programming and advanced. I worked for a company whose stock did well enough I could retire early.
After retiring, I turned to painting and volunteer work, working with hawks, a turkey vulture, a couple of ducks, a couple of cormorants and some owls. You can't get much luckier than that.