Not too long ago, I had a heart-to-heart with someone very close to me…
- I talked about how when I was ready, I didn’t want to buy a home in a distant town just because it was cheaper.
- I said that I felt like I had worked really hard and therefore deserved to live where I wanted to live… of course within my means, but where I wanted to live even if a few luxuries had to be sacrificed.
- I also said that I didn’t want to have to hustle all my life. I wanted to be able (key phrase: to be able) to retire by 65 and even then work because I wanted to work and not because I had to.
- I also said that if and when I did work after retirement, I wanted to do something I loved.
- I concluded by saying that in my ‘youth’, I was willing to do what I needed to do to make that a possibility, and that I will continue to pray for good health and strength etc., because at the end of the day tomorrow is not a given, and I recognize that.
Now I do have to confess, if there had been a fly on the wall, it was probably thinking…
- Oh wow, who does she think she is?!
Or it could have been thinking…
- You go girl! You deserve this, you’ve got this!
I like to think that the fly’s school of thought was the latter though.
Regardless of what the fly thought however…
- I believe that I was born to succeed.
- I also believe that my determination is the driving force that will lead me closer to the edge of greatness.
You see, I don’t understand why I should choose to merely survive, if thriving is an option.
- So by believing that I owe myself more than just survival, I will keep pushing further and further until I am on ‘top of the world’.
Basically, just as Maya Angelou said, “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”
So my promise to myself?
- From this day on, I will strive to live my best life with kindness, empathy, humility, and generosity and passion.
I plan to take pleasure in every accomplishment, big or small.
This world has a lot to offer and so I plan on not only thriving, but inspiring and encouraging those around me to do the same.
- After all, the real joy lies in not just surviving but truly flourishing. Yes?
So what about you?
- Survive or Thrive?
I love every word of this, Emma! Thank you for sharing, you made my day.
And yes, I agree, definitely thrive.
Thank you so much dear Maya! That truly means a lot to me! And cheers to a ‘thriving’ mentality!✋🏾❤️😁✨️