As a graduating college senior in May, success is a reoccurring thought in my head. In fact, it’s always a topic of conversation. Never stated, always implied.
“How much do you get paid at your internship?”
“Where do you want to live after graduation?”
“What’d you get on the test?”
“What have you been doing with your life lately?”
Every question revolves around success. It’s hard to avoid it and, frankly, it’s hard to not desire it’s benefits. Few things sound better than success and few things live up to that expectation.
For that reason, I’ll never reach that success.
I have the drive and determination to score that ideal job, but will settle for a more realistic option. I’ll strive for the big fancy things, but will ultimately settle into what’s comfortable. I dream for that adventurous, spontaneous life, but I’ll most likely settle into a very consistent routine.
And I’m content with that.
Personally, I‘m as successful as they come. I’m the first in my family to attend college — a good one at that — and will graduate in May. In my lifetime, I’ve met some incredible people that I am more than honored to call friends and family. I am able to give myself a fairly awesome life for living largely on my own.
The truth is I’m happy. The happiest I’ve ever been. I have a good direction in life, the drive and resources to make it happen and an even greater support system. In my opinion, those are as hard to come by these days.
I know I’ll find other successes. I know I’ll find other failures. There is an opportunity everywhere and I’m not one to pass up a chance at something new or inviting. Sometimes it won’t work out. That’s fine.
There are aspects of live I want to experience, things I need to achieve. Some of those just happen to be universal successes and some of those won’t happen for me. That’s fine.
While future successes are all worth pursing, my perspective keeps me thinking about now. Right now, I have everything I need and more — a success in its own right. I’m happy where I’ve been, where I am, and where I am going.
I’m a walking success story.
What else can I ask for?