Hoo, boy. This challenge is monumental. What is “achievement”? Stay with me, folks…
It’s rather an emotional concept to me. I was just discussing ‘success’ with Steve yesterday. I am 52 years old, currently unemployed, and trying to venture into an area of work for which I never had any formal education. I feel rather ‘late to the party’ trying to become an environmental writer/National Park Service guide/eco-activist (or whatever it is I will become) at this stage of life. My perfectionist voice keeps talking about how unqualified I am. What have I ever done to merit respect in this field?
Well, here’s what: I’ve grown. Every day that I read more about the health of our planet, every part-time customer service or education job I took, every decision I re-examined over these years is a stepping stone toward living a life I’ll be proud of. I can do better at being the person I want to be. And I can keep working on that goal until the day I die.
Maybe “Achievement” is simply growing into being the best you can be, year by year. Here’s my illustration (and inspiration): sequoia sempervirens.