Very few things have altered the course of my life. The standards like marriage, children, etc.... you grow to anticipate.
Things like Dr. Paul just sort of blind-side you. I've had my beliefs all my life but no one (in politics) has ever spoken to them with any conviction or understanding until I heard Dr. Paul describe himself as "the champion of the Constitution".
I remember asking my brother, who makes me look mainstream, if this guys was the 'real deal'. He assured me he was.