For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin — real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way. Something to be got through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life. --Fr. Alfred D'Souza (in Obstacles of Life)
Sam's Letters to Jennifer - James Patterson

Chapter 21, page 71