Maybe not in the way the world defines success, but based on how I define it.
I used to get envious by travel and achievement posts on social media. Maybe I matured a little (I hope) or I learned to be content with what I have. I also learned to respect my own pace.
But, most importantly, I changed my definition of success.
I’m successful not because I have so much money. In fact, instead of getting a raise every year, I seem to take pay cuts just to pursue my passion.
I’m successful because I’m able to spend my mornings in prayer and reading the scripture without having to worry about being late for work. (One thing I learned from an elder in our community is that hurry is the death of prayer.)
Maybe I'm not able to travel like other people do. But working remotely, I’m successful because I’m able to visit my family anytime I want (and work wherever they are staying). I realized that it’s more important for me to spend time with my family than to go out into the world alone.
Maybe my work doesn’t pay as much as my previous work did. But, I have greater freedom to do the work that I love and to make a difference. And for me, that’s success.
Maybe I'm not successful in the way the world defines success. But, at least deep in my heart, I know that I truly am. And that's what's important.
Still, I’m a work in progress. There are days when I still feel insecure. But, I’m able to brush it off easily because I now know what’s truly important for me.
And you know what? You too are successful. Right here. Right now. You just have to change how you define success.