Last weekend Tim and I celebrated his grandpa’s 90th birthday. As I said yesterday, we had a great time relaxing and hanging out. While wishing him a happy birthday and listening to several of his life adventures, I couldn’t help but wonder…how does one achieve success like his grandpa has in 90 years?
I’m currently 24 years old. I can’t help but wonder what I have even accomplished. Do I even consider myself successful? I went into college with a clear cut path of what I wanted to do. I wanted to be a math teacher and excel at swim team. Yet I find myself completely happy at where I am today doing nothing that I had set out to do.
I found myself asking several questions.
What have I accomplished in my life? Am I happy with my life? What is success anyways? Is success making a lot of money? Is success being rich and famous? Having the top job? Running the fastest? Is success using your college major to get a dream job? Is there even one definition of success?
My definition of success is being happy. Being happy and being able to survive physically, mentally and financially. If you are enjoying life and it’s precious moments along the way…you are successful. Not every moment in life will be enjoyable but not every moment in life should be miserable either.
I can truly say that I have found that success with my life so far. While I’m only 24 years old, I’ve found that you cannot pinpoint success. Success is a collection of things happening in your life.
It’s being happy with yourself.
It’s connecting and cherishing your bond with family and friends.
It’s enjoying small moments and not taking them for granted.
It’s not worrying over small things and realizing will it all matter next year? Will I care in a month? (Will a minor injury be forever…)
It’s truly enjoying your job.
It’s not obsessing about one factor in your life.
It’s living life to the fullest.
Each person’s definition will always be different.
Ninety years is 32,850 days and there is no need to stress over one, two or 100 or even 1000 of them.
Question for you: What is your definition of success?