Success & Happiness

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You know how people always say that you gotta do great things. You gotta have a big successful life and go to college and get a good paying job and get married and all that shit. I don’t like that. Maybe I don’t wanna do great things, maybe I don’t care about being successful. I feel like there’s just so much pressure to do all this important shit in life and be great. What if I don’t want to?

My goal in life is to be happy. Simple as that. Whatever makes me happy to wake up in the morning is what I want. No matter what that is. If that’s getting married or being alone. If that’s being a cashier at a grocery store, a maid at a hotel or a stay at home mom. I don’t care. As long as I enjoy it.

I don’t have any want to do great things. I don’t feel the need to make any money whatsoever. I am not saying I want to be lazy and do nothing. I just don’t think to be successful I have to actually be successful. People would say being successful is having a bunch of people read this blog and love it and then I get paid for it. But what if to me that’s not success? What if to me success is writing this blog and having no one reading it and not care. Maybe that’s my version of success.

I was also told endlessly that you need to go to college to get a good paying job that you’ll enjoy. Why do I need to have a good paying job? Why can’t I have a not good paying job and just have a small house and cheap things. I am more then ok with that, that sounds great to me. We don’t need to have a big house and a flat screen TV to be happy. And why do I have to go to college to get a job I’ll enjoy? Maybe I’ll enjoy being a cashier at a store. Maybe I’ll love it. Maybe I will love it more then I could love any other stupid high paying college grad job. Having less money and a low end job could be my happy. It could be my success.

People have such a set idea of what success in life is. It’s money and education and shit. I think success is whatever you want it to be. Stop telling kids they have to make money. Stop telling them they have to have a fancy job. Stop telling them how to be happy. Let them figure out what their happy is. And be happy for them and call them successful even if their happy isn’t what you think it should be. Success is happiness, not all this superficial shit people are trying to push on us.

I tried to do the “normal” version of success. I went college. And guess what? It sucked, and I am not even doing the job I went to college for. I am a maid at a mediocre hotel and I love it. Yes I don’t make a lot of money and yes I have what’s considered a low end job. But right now I am the happiest I have been in a super freaking long time. That’s what matters. Right now this is my success. I don’t care what anyone else says. And I am so glad I learned that success doesn’t have to be what other people tell you it should be. Success for you is whatever you want it to be. Just be happy, and succeed in whatever way you want to.

-Emily Grace (eroxursox)

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