Adolescence is supposed to be an identity Schrodinger's Cat: multiple simultaneous states which eventually collapse into only one. The goal of adulthood is to let go of the other possible existences and to make the best of the one. A successful adult is one who understands that it doesn't matter which life you ultimately pick, only that you live it well. The same potential for, say, happiness exists whether you are a construction worker, porn actor, or wealthy industrialist.
The Last Psychiatrist, A Surprising Number Of Teens Think They'll Die Young, Or Live Forever, Whichever Comes First
One of this card’s most potent messages is that readiness is a myth. Sure, you can always do a bit more research. You can edit, practice, and rehearse for as long as you’re alive. But it would be a real tragedy to never let the audience see what you’re up to. Both for them, and for you.
As Jack Kornfield succintly puts it, “The trouble is, you think you have time.”
Ursula K. Le Guin said that we don't just naturally know how to create our destinies. It takes research and hard work. "All of us have to learn how to invent our lives, make them up, imagine them," she wrote. "We need to be taught these skills; we need guides to show us how. If we don't, our lives get made up for us by other people."
The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.