Age 3 months: Sleep. Drink. Poop. Repeat.
Age 5 years: Take lots of baths. Learn how to hold breath. Optimize that look of your hair underwater so it is super flowy. All in the pursuit of being a "mermaid princess" (direct quote from my Kindergarten yearbook under "When I grow up I want to be ______). Judge if you want, but this was five years before Ariel made the idea popular.
Age 11 years: Be better than boys. Smarter than boys. Faster than boys. Boys suck.
Age 12 years: ditto
Age 13 years: ditto
Age 14 years: ditto
Age 19 years: Stop living life for my parents. Drop honors chemistry lab - who the hell takes honors chem when they don't want to be a doctor? Start taking classes for the enjoyment.(Note: it still never occurred to me to take a single writing class)
Age 22 years: Work is overrated. Write every free second. Join RWA. Query agents.
Age 23 years: Tuck tail between legs. Acknowledge failure. Focus on people, not personal achievements.
Age 31 years: OMG LIFE DREAMS ARE SO IMPORTANT besides now have a million friends so can take a break from that. Take back up writing. Write write write write write. Write some more.
Age 32 years: Yeah...maybe get in some revision.
Age 34 years: Try new venues. Let go of old expectations.
Age 35 years: ??? I dunno - you tell me. :)