What is a conventional life?

The answer depends on who you are and where you live. A conventional life is the one that is most common, that meets the normal expectations of the community into which you are born.

That means something very different for a Texas rancher’s wife than it does for a Vermont pastor’s son.

I was born the fifth and youngest child of a middle-class family in suburban New Jersey. For me and my peers, a conventional life meant possible college after high school, marriage, children, a house in a middle-class neighborhood, a husband with a respectable career, a mortgage, and maybe a vocation of my own.

I want to share with you the experiences I’ve had during my life so far. I think it’s fair to say it has not been a conventional life.