I am sure most of us have been in search of ways to “succeed in life” ever since we became conscious human beings. What a great goal, and yet we have been constantly trying to hit a moving target. How many times have you re-defined success in this lifetime?
In my 64 years on this planet, this re-definition process has divided into three main stages of life:
In our early years we are simply busy learning all that we can to be able to succeed in traditional ways like finding a dependable mate and a career of some kind. This stage tends to error on the side of self-consciousness and appearances, focusing too much on what others think we should do.
In our middle years we develop our career and perhaps a family, maybe buy a home, and strive to feel well-established and secure.
Midlife Crisis: I for one experienced a major midlife crisis around age 49. The bottom fell out of all my best-made plans, with a divorce and then job/career loss. Other forms of midlife disillusionment may include serious illness, the death of a loved one, or some combination of these various misfortunes. This may compel us to question many of our previous assumptions about how we have defined our own life success. At this point we might ask:
Will I feel like a success in my life if I continue down this path?
Will I be content in the end if I maintain these priorities?
Aging is nature’s way of answering these questions for us, slowly but surely. For me, my emphasis on career fell away quickly when I realized that my highest priority was finding one genuine, honest, loyal love in this lifetime. After that I became a writer and author, best known as the “Midlife Crisis Queen” online. Then my husband and I decided to choose an entirely different lifestyle by moving to rural Colorado, away from most city stress.
After five years of quiet meditation in the peace of the Sangre de Cristo mountain range, I find I have learned much more about how easily I was convinced to live someone else’s life in the past, making many mistakes in my previous priorities. Now I know, the best things in life aren’t things. And, in the end, it all came down to this:
The hardest battle you will ever face in life is to be no one but yourself, in a world that is trying its hardest to make you like everybody else…
6 thoughts on “How our definition of “success” changes throughout our lifetime”
Thanks for sharing this; I need to ruminate on it!
Yes Paula, Food for Thought!
This is perfect! Success is as illusive as the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. It is wise to know that being ourselves everyday is the best “success story” of all. Be well.
Yes Barbara! But sometimes even “being yourself” can be illusive!
Absolutely! Be different and the world gawks at you, open-mouthed.
Or at least you think it is.
Close your eyes and dance like nobody’s watching! Be yourself!
Life is always filled with challenges but we manage to get through it. So nice that you can be yourself in peace.