I saw this video on my Facebook feed a few days ago and it’s spot on with my life right now. My friend, Alan, shared it and I definitely needed to hear it.
Success, in whatever way you view it, is incredibly powerful. It can rule your life in a way that is unimaginable. For me, I put a high value of how successful I am by my work. I know…not a great thing. I really thought by now I would be incredibly successful with a prestigious career and making an impact on my community. *Cue hysterical laughter and a few tears* At 33 years old – I’m no where near as successful as I thought I would be at this point in life. I thought by thirty I would appear on one of the 30 Successful People Under 30 Years Old lists. Well…I never made a list. In fact, every time I see a list like that I cringe. That should have been me.
On the other side of the coin – I have to reflect on the amazing experiences I’ve had so far in my life. I was incredibly fortunate to be the first Public Information Officer at the police department for six years. It was amazing. I sorely miss that position. I would go back into the field in a heart beat. I learned so much in that six years and had many amazing experiences that I will always cherish. Law enforcement is in my blood and it makes me tick. To work with officers has been the highlight of my professional life. I also have an opportunity in my current position to become a more well-rounded public relations professional. I have learned a lot and am grateful for the skills I have acquired.
During a bad day I often feel like maybe I’ve been as professionally successful as I’m going to be. That negative mindset can really do a doozy to my day. Then I remember…I’m only 33. Even though I don’t feel like it a lot, I’m still young. The video I saw on Alan’s Facebook feed was a great reminder that you’re never too old to achieve success not matter what you may think. Everyone has a different timeline to their life. Life is full of twists and turns and dry seasons. It’s a hard place to be in but I have to tell myself to keep moving and be the absolute best I can be. To keep waiting.
I remind myself to focus on the blessings I have. My happy marriage. My healthy children. My beautiful house I thought we never could afford. Mine and Justin’s health. So many blessings to focus on instead of those that haven’t come my way yet. My timeline is still happening. I just have to be patient.
You can watch the video here.