In response to What is Success?
Success is a complicated concept. First of all, it’s completely relative – everyone has their own idea of it. Secondly, ideas of what it is can change over time.
I know my definition of it has. I used to put all my eggs in the proverbial “academic” basket. It made sense because school is one of the only level playing fields I have.
As I went through high school, I relaxed a little bit. I still cared about my grades, of course, but bad grades weren’t the end of my world. I had confidence in myself that I would bounce back.
As my anxiety increased throughout college, a “good day” was one where I was able to manage my anxiety and not worry about the possibility that I wouldn’t be able to get my work done. One where my anxiety didn’t interfere with my work ethic.
Since I’ve graduated, however, things have become a bit more complex. Life doesn’t come with a definition of success. I can say that I’m proud of myself for blogging every day. I’m proud of the fan fiction I’ve been writing. Of course, it would be nice to get paid for my writing, but it’s not about money for me. In the words of J.K. Rowling:
I write because I love to write, not because I want to get rich.