I recently read a personal blogpost from one of my all time favorite wedding photographers. She vented about the 21st century definition of success. When she said something simply inspiring, that pulled at my heart strings…
“Having things isn’t success; living the life of your dreams is.”
Growing up in a 21st century world, often times people’s standard view of success involves having a huge social media following, living in a multi- million dollar home on the beach, driving a luxury car and traveling the world. This used to be my definition of success.
Since then, my thinking has shifted. While I wouldn’t mind living in a multi million dollar mansion or traveling the world; it would require sacrificing my time and energy and devoting it to work and money. It would mean, not being able to spend time with my family or friends, and making memories with them. And those priceless moments with my friends and family are the most precious to me.
I believe that true success is having the freedom and the ability to do what you want, when you want and with the people you care most about. Balancing being passionate about my work as well as spending time with the people I really care about. So while I may not have a multi million dollar home, or that really fast Porsche that I’ve been wishing for for years. I’m so incredibly grateful for all the things that I do have.
Oprah said is best…
“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”
What is your current definition of success?