The Fleeting Nature of Success

Isn’t it interesting how the idea of “success” changes as we grow older?

At 5 years old, success could be attaining a toy that we have desperately been longing for.

At 10 years old, success could be when we walk to school without the help of our parents.

At 17 years old, success could be graduating from high school.

At 25 years old, success could be the attainment of a fulfilling working career.

At 35 years old, success could be the birth of our first child.

At 55 years old, success could be our early retirement from work.

At 65 years old, success could be the maintenance of good health.

At 80 years old, success could be the retention of our memory and independence in living.

At 100 years old, success could be the fact we made it to 100 years of age.

At 110 years old, success could be the legacy we leave after passing on.

Could these be considered “successes” or are they just events that occurred in our lives that we consider successes? If that is the case, isn’t everything we do in this existence a success or are there truly accomplishments we can call successful?

 

Thank you for reading.

-Irshad

4 Replies to “The Fleeting Nature of Success”

  1. The overall sense is a desperate one where you never really quite made it and you defer life in exchange for future goals. At what point is it a success in just being? At what point are you valuable not for what you do? If you have to put off enjoying life in order to secure the future then you won’t enjoy the future any more than you do the present moment.

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    1. Very well said, maybe the true nature of success has very little to do with the idea of meeting future goals and instead is the pursuit of happiness in the current moment.

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      1. It’s certain that people are your whole life telling you who you are. Individuals usually define them selves by these messages. Accomplished people are awarded with achievements that further define them, and can usually be used to laud over other people to alter their opinions of you. It’s a vicious game and after you get old enough you feel cheated by it!

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