Happy to answer, even though it makes me sound like the young egotistical fool I probably was.
The accomplishment I most wanted but did not expect to happen was to figure out what All This (life, universe, everything) is for. I was pleasantly surprised.
Great question though. What was yours CI?
You answer isn't egotistical at all! My "all this life" has nothing to do with religion. My answer is very basic; my parents had sex, and bingo, I was born. As for the meaning of life? As subjective animals on this planet, it's probably influenced by the country in which we are born; it's culture, economy, and its freedoms. As one born in the middle of the Great Depression, our family as well as the majority were very poor. Then, WWII came around, and we were sent to 10 different concentration camps, because we "looked" like the enemy. German and Italians didn't suffer the same fate, because they were "white." Racism at its best in the good ole US of A; both the public and our government were bigots. To make a long story short, my older brother is an Attorney, my younger brother is a MD, and my sister is an RN. I got my degree in Accounting, and did pretty good with it. Florsheim Shoe Company hired me straight out of college, and promoted me to Audit Manager after traveling the seven western states as their Field Auditor for 3.5 years. We had to move to Chicago, their home base, but after 3 years, we missed family, friends, and the climate of Northern California, so I resigned. Things turned out pretty well. I was Controller for a couple of small companies, then started doing small business consulting. The money was good, so bought income property, invested well, and retired early. I've traveled to 132 countries, which includes the four countries (Spain, Germany, France and England) I was able to visit while in the USAF in the late 1950's, and stationed in Morocco for one year. That's when my passion for world travel began. I also believe a huge part of what I call success was based on being at the right place at the right time; which translate to "luck." Current college grads aren't so fortunate. The best part of all my travels was being able to make friends in so many countries, and that includes Russia (Sergei and Oleg) and Cuba (Ceasar and Hiroshi Robaina). Some of the most interesting folks I've met during my travels were Bob Brodsky, Rocket Scientist. He designed the aerodynamics on the nuke weapons I worked with in the USAF. He taught Astronautics at USC and Iowa State University. We kept in touch for many years until his recent passing. Another gentleman was Dan Piel, grahpic artist and professor. He taught at Cal Poly after he was an Art Director at an advertising agency in NYC. Dan gave me one of his art works after our second South African safari that now hangs in our entryway. His painting of Lyndon Johnson sits in the Johnson Library. He also has a painting in the Smithsonian. On one of my trips to Cuba going through Mexico City, Francisco Baez, who I met on the internet, gave me a personal tour of Mexico City. We visited the Frida Kahlo Museum and home, and the university where he taught for ten years. He also took me to Carlos Slim's Museum. Francisco is now the editor of the English newspaper in Mexico. I also know Bill and Yvonne Lim of Singapore. I met them on a tour of England, Scotland, and Ireland. During our first day in London, I came down with the shingles, and Bill (he's an MD) had pain killers that he fed me throughout the tour. When I planned a trip to Singapore, I wrote to them, and told them I wanted to take them out to dinner. They picked me up at my hotel, and drove to their beautiful home, and fed me dinner. I told them, they were supposed to be my guests for dinner. So, I planned another trip to Singapore, and insisted that they be my guest for dinner. They chose a seafood restaurant where they have a fish tank, and you pick what you want for them to prepare. Those are the kinds of friends and experiences I have been privileged to have experienced. I also have friends across California, in Houston, Chicago, NYC, and a couple in Canada. I know, I've been lucky to have been able to travel to all seven continents, fly to Mt Everest, dipped my feet in the Dead Sea, visited Ushuaia, the southernmost city of the world, and Hammerfest, the northernmost city of the world. Even visited Esperanza Base in Antarctica. I really didn't like the Air Force all that much, because you give up your freedoms, but that's where my passion for world travel was born.