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Written by: Julie Forman
They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I like to apply this same principle to success. Success is what YOU make of it.
Webster Dictionary defines Success as:
noun: the accomplishment of an aim or purpose.
synonyms: prosperity, affluence, wealth, riches, opulence
“the trappings of success”
a person or thing that achieves desired aims or attains prosperity.
“I must make a success of my business”
synonyms: triumph, bestseller, blockbuster, sellout
For some, success means having a big house, fancy car and hundreds of thousands of dollars in the bank. However, for others success simply might mean waking up surrounded by those they love the most.
But you want to know a secret? There is no right or wrong when defining success. No one’s idea about what makes them successful ranks higher then anyone else.
Success can also change meaning throughout one’s lifetime. Take me for instance. In my early twenties my idea of being successful was graduating from college, getting a good job and making boatloads of money. I dreamed of going to graduate school and becoming a scientist who would do great things in my career.
Fast forward 6 years and my definition of success has changed just a bit. In March of 2016 I gave birth to my daughter in the most unsuccessful way possible. She became stuck in the birthing canal and after a forceful forcep delivery left her paralyzed and ventilator dependent, I was feeling pretty low about where I was in my life.
Not only was I not working, but I was spending my days and nights living in the NICU/PICU. Everyday I would wake up before the sun rose and shuffle through the morning commute to the hospital.
Looking around me, I watched as thousands of people drove their Telsa’s or Audi’s to their 6 figure jobs, all while I was car-less, job-less and hope-less.
One day as I sat bedside next to my daughter, I looked around at all the other sick babies and thought to myself- You know what? You have ALOT to be grateful for! Although the experience of becoming a first time parent was nothing what I had expected, we actually made ALOT of successful stride!
From the very beginning my daughter was defying odds and beating expectations. The doctor’s told us that they searched the medical literature and couldn’t find a single other case of an infant surviving a cervical spinal cord injury at birth.
Not only was my Lilly bug surviving, she was thriving! She successfully went through spinal fusion surgery at 3 months old. She successfully overcame a blood clot in her liver. She successfully went through rehab, and most importantly, she successfully made it home! And that is a feat that NO ONE thought she would achieve!
So now I look at my life and I feel overwhelmed by success. Today I woke up cuddling next to my husband, took my daughter to therapy, did some laundry and cooked dinner. To some that may seem simple and mundane, but to me it’s exactly where I want to be.
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