We all grew up in a career-oriented environment, where acquiring fame, fortune, high-ranking job, big house and expensive cars is what our end goal should be. No one dared challenged us in knowing our life’s purpose or question our mere existence.
We grew up following what our parents told us, what our peers were doing and what society was dictating until we encounter that so-called midlife crisis. That moment in our lives when Universe decides to throw us life-changing questions – “what am I doing with my life?” or “what do I really want out of life?” or “am I living the life that I wanted or am I living the life others expect from me?”
When confronted with these questions, what do you do? Do you just ignore it or let it consume you until you finally reached that moment when you will realize that there is more to life, so much more, than what you’ve been led to think and follow?
Indeed, it’s all a matter of perspective and dependent on the choices that you’ll make along the way. Choices that reflect your priorities in life and anchored in your own values.
Personally, when asked this question, my answer was to be a well-traveled person and to live a life that is inspiring to others. I aim to be a traveler and not a tourist; to experience the life in a foreign country in the eyes of a local; to speak their language and fall in love with their culture.
I want to see all the wonderful things and experience everything that is good and beautiful in this world. I want to effect change through my travels, through writing, and through humbling experiences.
I want people to see the beauty of life, the good in people, and the possibility of it all. I want to inspire people to dream big, to find their passion and live the life that they love because life is too short to live otherwise.
So, what’s your measure of success?
“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson