Cutting through the maze, going through the notions, doing the needful, it is inevitable i will be consumed by the forward momentum of life. We are programmed to distract ourselves from the reality of our lives, which is good i guess.
What is life? The time elapsed between your birth and death. So your life only gets defined after you are dead. And you worry so much about your 'life'! Achieve death and then bother about your life.
The real never is not.