What is success?

It is this time of year I begin reflecting on the year that was 2014. It’s funny when I was a child I just took each year as it came enjoyed it and then moved on to the next year and didn’t really put all that much thought into it. It suddenly dawned on me that time is the most precious thing we have. No one knows how much time they have left no one knows what they’re capable of achieving in that time but the one thing I have realised is that goals are so important at a time like this.

When you’re a child adults tell you how quickly time flies as a child you look up at them thinking they are crazy. It takes soooooooooooooooooooo long for Christmas to roll around and every day at school feels like a lifetime. As you get older time begins to go a lot quicker. You start college and before you know it you’re on your way to university, then you’re in your first job and before you know it you’ve been there for 3 years. This is the moment I am in right now. I am heading into my 4th year of full time employment and it has made me think. When I was younger what did I imagine myself doing. What did I think success was. Am I where I expected to be back then.

After a long time of thinking about various questions I asked myself “Am I enjoying life” the only answer to this question was yes. I might not be exactly where I wanted to be. I might not be doing the job I thought I would be doing and no the life I am living might not be the life I had in mind but the more I thought about it the more I just thought expectations. If there is one thing that I have learned in life it is to expect less. Don’t expect for people to respect you the way you might respect them. Don’t expect success to mean what it means to you now in three years time. The things that define you now may be distant memories in the future.

Yes this is a time of reflection and it is important to make goals I also remind you to think about the things you’re thankful for. Think about all those things you’ve achieved no matter how small you think they are there is someone who is proud of you for achieving them. Life isn’t all about expectations rather than thinking, dreaming or imagining go out there and do it! Life is so short and time really isn’t on your side. Before we know it we will be all grey and wrinkly (not something I am looking forward to at all) but unfortunately that is the truth. Enjoy life we don’t have it forever!

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