Most Likely to Succeed

When I was a senior in high school, I was voted, “Most Likely to Succeed” by my classmates. Back then, I thought success was making a lot of money and becoming the first woman president.

As I grew up, I started to consider a different definition of success—a career, sure (but not in politics), an exceptional marriage, healthy and well-adjusted children, friends—the things that back then seemed so mundane.

The vision for what a successful life would look like when I was 17 was certainly different from what it became as I got older.

Now I know that success is when your life matches up to your vision of it. it is living your dream and reaching your goals—not what society expects of you, not what your parents expect of you, and certainly not what an outdated vision in your head expects of you.

Based on what I know now, I think I have lived up to that high school designation.

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