Today I got to thinking about success. Sure, this may seem like an odd concept to suddenly cross my mind. But as I sat at my desk today shooting hundreds of emails off to countless recipients, I caught myself wondering- what truly defines success? What does this word really even mean?
Does it mean you have numerous material possessions? Ones worth more than your mortgage or rent payment? Or a bank account the size of Europe? Does it indicate that you’re simply better than someone else because you have more? Or are those who are successful considered conceited, yet envied among thousands of hopeful successful-to-be’s?
As always, there’s undoubtedly more than one answer. Everyone defines success in their own individual way.
I say… forget the fancy, luxury cars and jewelry that costs tens of thousands of dollars. Forget the status quo and your “place” in society. Forget the monstrous CEO paychecks when we have teachers educating our future getting paid way less than they deserve. Forget everything material for just one second. In a lot of ways, I sometimes think we’d all be better off without it.
A world without jealousy. Now there’s something to think about.
I think the saying “Happiness isn’t having what you want, but wanting what you already have” goes a long way. If you couldn’t tell already, I’ve been embarking on quite the soul-searching adventure lately. I’m eagerly learning what makes me truly happy by constantly immersing myself in new & different situations. For Pete’s sake, I moved to a completely different state where I knew not a single soul. And dare I say, it was the best choice I’ve ever made.
I just hope that more people will be able to see what’s shining on the outside of this box they’ve seemed to trap themselves in. To miss out on something new & exciting, something that could potentially bring complete and utter happiness? Well, I’d just never forgive myself.