This may be a simplistic view. I mean, of course there are more to life than this. But, career-wise, are not all the three things here are that that you do when you go through life. Most goes through all this and does not even make a dent in the annal of history except to those who are really close to them. Not really an accomplished life right? Is it our own fault or does the world reduce us to this. I mean, just going through it and then not really realising our other choices? I mean, there are those who do other things and not following all these sets of rules which societies have set. I know that some just try to trudge along life without making a mark and some just trying to survive.
Let us look through a person's life. You will start formal learning when you are 6 and earlier for some. You finish learning when you are 24 for some but earlier for some other. You then put your shoulder to the grind before you may or may not retire at 55 or 65 or whatever age the government said you should retire, whether you are ready for it or not. Then? You wait to die...
Some do it with all the pomp and flourish of an accomplish person. The respect they managed to accumulate when they were working. They were a head of department. They were a chief executive officer. They were the leader of a political party. They were the university's rectors. They have managed to be an accomplished criminal. They were lawyers who conducted trials all their live until they die. They were the one who grace silver screens as if they are invincible until suddenly their name are never heard again.
Insert a few things like exceptional holidays, building a home and family but the two main factors in your life will be learning and working. So, are you enjoying what you do. In this short life, have you found your ideal work and are you doing what you have wanted all this time?
If not, shouldn't you?
Stuck here all your life? In my case, it is the most likely scenario...
(but I am enjoying it)