I got to know her a little bit. At one point, because I was just curious what she was doing there, I asked why she chose Yale. She had followed the Grateful Dead around the title between her junior and senior years of high school. The best concert was in New Haven that summer, apparently. That sealed the deal for her. Both of us were glad we made the choice we did. Neither of us made what you would consider a mature or responsible choice. But it was very much our choice, and it worked out very well.
The first time I heard this expression I thought it applied to people who planned out their lives. My life wasn’t something I planned, it was something that I lived. Instead of sticking to one lifestyle and having a title list, I would switch lifestyles. So I would do things like drop everything and go travel around the country living in a converted schoolbus. I would find beautiful places in the National Forest where I could camp for free. When the money ran low I would go to a city and sell my quality tie-dye clothing (that I made) at a flea market or art and craft fair. When I met up with musician friends we would preform songs for tips on the streets.