April 29, 2023

What is your definition of success?

I don’t know what mine is.

I do know that I don’t feel successful. That’s not to say that I’m unhappy with my life or the way things are. I have very good things in my life that I’m incredibly thankful to have. Mostly, those “things” are people. A few others are activities. Exactly two are cats. I have a good life and I have privilege.

What I’m missing, rather, what I think I’m missing is success. This must be a function of achievement. I have accomplishments, sure, but I don’t know what I’ve achieved in my life. Maybe, too, I don’t know what I’m going to achieve in my life. Or, I don’t know how to assess my past, current, and future achievements so I don’t count them.

Is success simply chasing milestones? Do you set your sights on something, work to achieve or arrive at it, and then look ahead again? Is success a state you’re in or something that you have? Are success and contentment mutually exclusive?

I don’t know. Do you?


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