I used to believe that hard work was the only way to achieve a successful life. I used to believe that hard work meant not getting those much needed hours of sleep a night so I could finish piles of AP homework just to be able to get into a good college. I used to believe that hard work meant panicking and crying over things I could have done better or should have done better. I used to believe that it was me that had the problem until I stepped back and redefined the version of success that I was chasing.
I am not chasing a specific job title or stability that comes with it. I am not chasing the paid vacations or the one day’s that are not guaranteed. All I am chasing is my version of calm and peace. We all have our own versions of success and that’s ok.
We don’t have to all be striving for the same goals because we can’t all want the same thing. I had to step back to destroy the seed that had been planted in my mind that working myself to a breaking point was the key to my own success.
You don’t have to be constantly working in order to be successful. Rest, recovery, and reflection are necessary in order to have a successful life whether the majority of people agree with those concepts or not.
To move ahead in life and be successful sometimes we have to step back and accept that we might need a break and that it’s ok to take it. We all work hard in our own way and taking necessary breaks are essential parts of the progress towards a successful and ultimately happy life.