What makes a person successful? At what point do you think, "Yes, I am successful at what I do"?
I never know how to describe myself. I know I am a mom, a homeschooler, a wife. I want to be a writer. Or....am I a writer? At what point does this become part of my identity?
I have magazine articles, web articles, and a booklet to my name. I can even type my name in amazon.com and my booklet comes up - I am an author! I think....
My goal has been to publish a book this year, or at least to get a contract. It hasn't happen so far, and I am more than halfway to my next birthday. It is looking bleak. And I struggle with that. Maybe it is a by-product of staying home with kids for so many years - this need to prove myself, to prove that I have some sort of societal worth. A badge I can wear - "I am successful"!
The Young Adult is reading To Kill A Mockingbird for his literature course at the moment. It is such a great book. I was surprised to learn than To Kill A Mockingbird was Harper Lee's only book....
Her only book!
And it took her a while to get it published.
Would you say Harper Lee was not a successful author because she only wrote one book? I would never say that!
And what about music groups who are known as "one hit wonders". If they have a popular song, but only one, does that mean they are not successful? Maybe not as successful as they wished they could be.
What is success?
This is a question I struggle with.