Chipper Jones retired from baseball exactly how he "scripted it."
And we each live our lives in exactly that way.
We choose who we are to be in this life before we are born. We have our "A," "B," "C," "D," "E," plan, etc. And whether or not we reach our "A-Life" or our "Z-Life," as long as we make every attempt to try, we'll be okay. No matter the successes or the failure, "life happens" in this life exactly how we "planned it."
The key is to remain strong and steady through it all, to be as cheerful as possible, to laugh in the face of the bullies of life (be they people or events), to not only remain calm in the midst of the storm, but to "be the calm" in the midst of the storm. Or as we "scripted it" in the '70s, just "keep on truckin', baby."
(Chipper Jones link)