Consider the most important individuals in modern history.
We remember these lives through an almost romantic lens, but imagine what it must have been like to actually live them?
Lincoln's life sucked. Overwhelming stress, despair and melancholy. With so much at stake, the gravity of your importance can simply be overwhelming.
And almost never do you get to experience the fruits of your labor. Rather, you are simply laying down your life as a foundation for the future to cross more smoothly.
Lives of importance are rarely grand in the experience. Yet, we think we want one?