A Life Well Lived
I did not graduate college at the top 20% of my class.
I do not have a master’s degree.
I have not found the love of my life, the one I would willingly choose to spend the rest of my life with.
Hell, even my hair routine is all over the place!
I have come to terms with the reality that I will not change the world. I will not be the voice that brings about revolution. I will not discover new molecules or invent the cure to any disease. My artwork will not be remembered centuries from now. My name will be but a faded splash of ink on a very old, wrinkled page. My thoughts, and everyone who thought them with me, will be gone and forgotten. Any trace of my existence may or may not survive me.
I am but a normal human being living a normal human life, fickle and wonderful as it is, and sometimes all I have are the small victories:
I found the very dear gold necklace my grandmother gifted me the other day.
I have parents who love and make sure I know of they love every day.
I have friends that genuinely care about my wellbeing and my future.
My body is whole and able to do anything I ask of it.
There is untold beauty around me, and I have the presence of mind to cherish it every day.
These words one day will cease to matter, but I will know that I lived a good life. I put the skills that I have in the service of others and loved until I had no more love to give, and tried to make every day a little bit more beautiful.
Sometimes, all you have are the small victories. More often than not, that is enough.
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