Success. It’s something we talk about a lot at our house. What does it mean, and how does one achieve it? In my opinion, it’s about being able to do what you love, and do it independently, so you don’t have to mooch off other people in order to support yourself. From experience – and from watching others – I’d say, finding it is a matter of setting a goal and sticking to the plan. Of course, having a natural talent for something, taking advice, and reflecting on your actions as you go along helps tremendously.
This topic reminds me of what happened with my daughter a few weeks ago. She was sitting in the backyard working on stuff – music mostly because that’s what she does in her spare time – when she heard a noise that sounded like a cat getting crushed. Like the good “I would do anything to save a furry creature” daughter that she is, she jumped up without a care for the computer on her lap or the external hard drive that was attached to it, and she went to see what was wrong. The good news: nothing bad had happened to the cats. Whew – my biggest concern. The noise? Well, it must’ve been our neighbour – he’s kind of weird, and he does drugs. Enough said. The bad news: my daughter’s hard drive came crashing to the ground in the process, after which, it just wouldn’t work anymore.
In a hurry – because that’s how we operate at our house when our daughter goes ballistic – we took the broken box to our computer guy. Sadly however, after painstakingly trying to retrieve the information – ALL of her stuff (essays from the past, song files she’d been working on, videos she’d made, pictures, etc.) was gone.
“That’s it. It’s the end for me. I won’t be able to recover from this,” she wailed after hearing the news. “I can’t be a musician anymore. I might as well get a job at Bulk Barn…where…I’ll be…forever.” She said this lying on the floor in a heap.
“Wow, that sounds pretty depressing,” I said, stepping over her to get to the sink. There are always dishes to do. “At least, they sell natural almonds for when you get hungry. But stay away from all the gummy candies and chocolates. Gaining fifty pounds at this point probably won’t help your self esteem much.” If you should know anything about me, it’s that I’m sarcastic as hell. Sure, I did feel sorry for her, but bad things happen to everyone. She needed to learn how to cope.
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