I’ve been scrolling through Pinterest quotes for the last hour because I had two cups of coffee after 4… While I was reading, this quote caught my eye:
And it bothered me greatly. Maybe it’s because lately I’ve talked to a lot of people about what they want to “do” with their lives. Maybe it’s because after every conversation I’ve realized how little I think about the money I’ll make when I graduate and get a job. Maybe it’s because I don’t agree with many’s definition of success.
Because what does it mean to succeed? To have the money to buy whatever your heart fancies?
To be honest, that sounds plastic.
I think that, yes, success is different for everyone. But I also think that it should not be defined monetarily. And I think that it’s completely up to you whether you’re successful. It shouldn’t be relative.
Sometimes I think about my major. I think about what my first job will be like. I think about the work I’ll do. I think about the people I meet.
I don’t think about my paychecks.
Maybe you think I’m naive.
But here’s the thing, here’s what I want to “do” with my life:
I’m not going to school to be rich. To have a large house. To wear the fanciest clothes.
I go to school to help cultivate my ideas. To figure out what I can do to help.
I see my glass as half full. Being filled. Until my cup runneth over.
I can’t envision my future self. I can’t see numbers on a bank account. Because I’m too busy with the now.
I can do something every single day. And to me, that’s joy. And in my opinion, that’s better that any kind of success.