I think when we're younger we have all these plans of what we'd like to do and accomplish. We have great visions of how we'll make the world a better place and then Motherhood comes along.
In some ways I still drive to make the world a better place. I try to raise my children so people feel better for having known them. Hubby and I try to teach them right from wrong, good from evil, you know the basic parenting stuff.
But for myself I've lowered my expectations, a lot. It doesn't take much to make me happy now. If I get to eat my cereal before it's soggy, it's like winning the lottery (I actually plan my cereal purchase to be something that takes a long time to get soggy). I used to want to wear nice clothes and look good. Now, if it fits and it's on sale, I'm a happy camper!
So I guess some would say I've "settled", but is that really such a bad thing? Maybe it's just better to be happy w/ the little things in life instead of be miserable about the things we can't have?