Stoicism is actually a rather robust philosophy that has even made its way into modern psychology through cognitive behavioral therapy; though, I think Rational hedonism/Epicureanism is more in tune with human nature which is a bottom-up design with the limbic system regulating most behaviors
Everyone is always on their life journey...it just isn't always in the right direction. Mine has zig zagged all over the place since I was a kid. But, I have to admit that I've collected a lot of knowledge and experience in those zigs and zags. I'm more on track now, but I continue to seek for whatever is presented to me. So much to learn, so little time...Hey, what's time anyway.
Glad to know you too...keep in touch if you can...not a requirement to stay friends.