“I have done my best. That is all the philosophy of living one needs” ~Lin-yutang
Take a break and take a look in the mirror. Look at yourself and smile while you congratulate yourself for everything you have been through, good or bad, ups and downs.
It doesn’t matter whether you climbed the Mount Everest, learned French in Paris, completed medical school, worked at the local grocery store, or “simply” lay on the sofa for far longer than you had planned in order to figure out your life’s purpose and goals.
The main point is that everything that you have been through has made you the person you are today. And that calls for a celebration now and then.
Whatever your age, you have everything right in front of your feet, or even better. You have now.
Right now you can acknowledge the life you have been living up to this point and you can do whatever you want with the rest of your time here on earth. It is never too late to grow, change, and evolve.
Excellence can be obtained if you care more than others think is wise, risk more than others think is safe, dream more than others think is practical, expect more than others think is possible.
It’s no news that life comes without guarantees or warranties. My traveling years may have cost me a bigger savings account and my days spent on philosophizing may have cost me time to become a responsible adult faster.
Although society may have built a guideline for us, life hasn’t. It just has to be lived and experienced each and every day.
So while you’re at living the life you choose, don’t forget to applaud your accomplishments. Be proud, even though they may seem insignificant to others.
You don’t have to go swimming with great white sharks in South Africa to be a brave person. All kinds of challenges in life make us stronger, braver, and wiser.
Remember that your struggles are just as beautiful as your success.