I have been thinking about this a lot lately. Success, that is. And how do we achieve it? My high school reunion is coming up and I am debating whether or not I should go. And if I do, what will I tell my peers? What have I accomplished in the past 10 years?
All through high school, I always a mediocre student, averaging B's & C's. And if I took a particularly easy class or was interested in the subject matter, I'd get an A.
After high school, I did the thing that most people do. I went to college. Well, a community college, but college none-the-less. I went to college because that was what the "right" thing to do. My first couple of years there, I joined the dance team and loved it and made some good friends. But the educational part of it, I didn't really take it seriously. At the time, I'm sure it was more of a social thing for me, than a real path to a career. I took random classes, trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life. After about 2 years at the community college and still no clue as to what I wanted to do and who I actually was, I decided college wasn't for me. I wasn't doing well in classes, and had no real direction. I didn't wanna be one of those people that paid the money just to say they got a a degree... in something that I didn't even love.
I always told myself that I would go back when I knew what I wanted to do. And there was always a reason why "now isn't the right time"... I didn't have the money, or the time... excuses excuses excuses. Well, needless to say - I have always felt guilty for not going back to finish my degree. I have always felt like I would never be successful if I didn't go back to school and make something of myself.
But recently, I haven't been feeling that way. It's taken me a very long time, but I realize that now that for me, success isn't a fancy degree- or fame and fortune. Although these things are wonderful, I can not measure myself against them. (and of course, to those that have earned these things, you should most certainly be proud of yourself!)
For me personally, success is a happy life. Success is exactly what I have. Faith in God, a wonderful family, a thriving photography business, and a sense of self worth. I couldn't be more blessed, and I'm thankful for all of the lessons I have learned over the years. And who knows, maybe I'll go back and finish my degree some day. But if I don't.... I think I'm okay with that.
Everyone measures success differently, what is it to you?