The Opposite of Success

Napier, New Zealand

I heard a moving story on the radio this morning about a young graduate Marina Keegan, who wrote about the opposite of loneliness, but tragically died in an accident shortly after. You can read it here It reminded me of how grateful I should be for the success I’ve had over the years.

I used to think success was being able to retire to a farmhouse in France. Before that it was a detached house with a downstairs loo. It took me a long time to realise success is an emotional state not a physical one. We live in such a binary world, where people are seen as a success or a failure and success is measured in material gain or or status. The opposite of success is not failure. Mechanical components fail. People do not fail. To quote Marina:

“What we have to remember is that we can still do anything. We can change our minds. We can start over. Get a post-bac or try writing for the first time. The notion that it’s too late to do anything is comical. It’s hilarious. We’re graduating college. We’re so young. We can’t, we MUST not lose this sense of possibility because in the end, it’s all we have.”

p.s. young isn’t just an age, it’s a state of mind.

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