It is actually quite unusual to think about having a “free write” assignment, and often times they are used as methods of revealing oneself. This sort of activity works well when getting to know someone, but for someone like me, they frequently are some of the most difficult tasks. This is an opportunity for one to express any feeling or thought stewing in their mind, and for readers to attempt to break down the brain of the writer. There is a whirlwind of reflection and ideas buzzing around in my head, but which one will interest the reader? Which thought is worth putting into ink? Or what might be intelligent and get the grade?
For any piece of writing that is worth reading, there has to be a purpose or a goal from the writer. Often times I feel that I do not live up to the standard set for me by others, and I am letting people down, especially loved ones. I was raised to be a champion in everything I do, but lately I fail more than I succeed. The question is: Does this define my success? Or lack of success. There are multiple definitions and explanations for success, but who knows which definition is really accurate. Some say winning defines success, others say getting a good grade, others say money, and some other people might say finding joy is success. The point is, that there are many opinions when it comes to who is truly successful and what it means to have success.
I believe that everybody has to find their own meaning to success. They have to personalize a definition, and maybe after some time passes, they will tweak their explanation to better fit their goals. With myself, success was always pleasing others, and making the people around me pleased with my accomplishments. Winning a state championship that I promised my parents in high school was success, because I fulfilled the promise and they were happy with my feat. Earning a scholarship at a division one college was considered successful to me because my parents, siblings, coaches, and teammates wanted it for me. They were all satisfied with my scholarship, which meant success for me. Now, I realized that none of those things were really for myself, and I never really felt successful from those triumphs. Therefore, I had to find my own definition to live by, so that I can strive for personal success each and every day.
With an accumulation of what I had learned from people telling me how to be successful, I modified my own personal way to set and achieve goals. Success comes from the chance when preparedness and opportunity meet, so I must always be prepared for an opportunity. Success is not pleasing other people or an accumulation of awards and accomplishments, but it is finding a level of peace and satisfaction, knowing I did everything I could and gave 100 % effort in the task at hand. When I find inner peace and know that I gave it all I had to give, whether I achieved the goal I personally set for myself or not, I know that I succeeded. I no longer worry about other people’s aspirations for me, but try to be prepared to achieve my own.