Life is not a Narrative
Things don't have to reach a peak. They can just go on. You do want to make a narrative out of it, with progress and momentum and dramatic peaks and then a resolution. You seem to see life as having a beginning, a middle, an ending, all of them linked together with something bearing your name. But it isn't necessary to give things a shape. You can yield to them too. No goals - just letting things take their own course. You must begin to see it as it is: there are insoluble problems in life, and this is one.
Philip Roth, in 'The Counterlife'