Today I came across a picture with a nice caption: 'Some of the most interesting people I know don't know what to do with their lives'. I find this quite intriguing as true at the same time, plus it spoke to me whereas I figure
myself in the same situation (whether I am interesting or not, that is for others to decide).
The point is 'the purpose'. I am inclined to believe that it's the purpose that really shapes us, rather than the environment. Of course, the environment has its input on us, nevertheless, but I believe it's the purpose, may it be final or temporary, that really drives us in some direction.
I reckon this is why these folks look interesting: they explore alternatives, strong enough not to give in to a single paradigm, yet not powerful enough to really commit to anything. It's all about the perspective on change: instead of adapting to change, we live the change, we try and be the change, ultimately we bring the change. Unsettling as it is, I like to think it as evolution.