As far as I’m aware, the secret to having a happy and productive life (for me, those two are practically synonyms) is learning to balance life between all the little things we actually get to control and the the larger, overarching goals that take time and ongoing effort to achieve. The best part is that you don’t have to achieve perfect balance every single day. It’s the overall balance, not daily balance, that keeps us moving forward. This means that life doesn’t have to “get in the way” of our goals, because we are always adjusting our specific actions to bring the balance we need. Work hard, and roll with it.