So you may not have created Facebook before you were 26. But what did you consider your greatest achievement before that age? John and Celeste have been weighing in.
When I was 26, I was still in my job as newscaster for the public radio show “All Things Considered.” I hadn’t even left the United States once or even visited New York City —the place where I have lived for more than 18 years. I was still married to my first wife —the divorce was still a few years away. I hadn’t met my current wife or had our first set of twins, or our second set of twins, or our fifth child or… I could go on. The best part of the story certainly came later.
At 26, I was heading back to school to get a master's degree after working for two years in Seattle as a some-time actor and full-time dispatcher. I had met the man I thought I would marry but he would be the father of my son and never my husband. In fact, I didn't think I ever wanted to have children. I hated all country music and Kafka. My best friends were the people I went to high school and undergraduate school. I was just emerging from my cocoon — testing my wings, making bad decisions and trying not to deal with the consequences, imagining myself as the kind of person I admired and then trying to be the person I imagined.