Hello Marshmallows ʕ•ᴥ•ʔ
What the true meaning of success is in 2017:
1. Having many followers,likes and comments
2.Being able to binge watch as many shows and films as you can
Unless you are waiting for a century for the next season of Sherlock and Attack On Titan -_-
3. Being a meme
Memeage is the only thing keeping me alive…
Pepe is my role model and spirit animal
4. Having eyebrows on fleek = life on fleek #goals
…the word ‘fleek’ is the bane of my existence
5. Having the aesthetic Tumblr life
*takes a cheeky selfie with my cheeky hot chocolate with exactly three layers of low fat whipped cream, 4 sunset pink marshmallows, 1 and 2/5 teaspoons of sugar and cocoa lightly sprinkled in the shape of a heart from Starbucks *…the hipster life is effort.
6. Having an impressive Snapchat streak
The struggle is real when your 209189303167483953269431 day streak dies
But now to the serious stuff. Today I wanted to discuss the meaning behind success in the present day. According to my trusty friend, Google, the definition of success is, ‘the accomplishment of an aim or purpose’.
Then you have my other friend, Urban Dictionary, who states that success is just ‘not sucking’. It’s a human instinct to always want more than we already have. Once we have gained our illusion of success, we tend to try and achieve something even better. This is not necessarily a negative aspect, as it insinuates our strive and motivation for improvement and development. Hard work does pay off. However, if we don’t appreciate what we already have and already achieved, then we have failed in the most simplest aspect in life-to be happy and content. We always try to strive for this psychological word ‘perfect’, but do we really need this in order to be successful? People are afraid of failure (myself included), as the concept of not being good enough has been constantly penetrated into our minds.
However, perfection is down to one’s own perceptive, hence why others should never put you down by stating “you are a failure”. The growth in social media has altered the way we perceive success, making the idea of perfection a trend rather than one’s own thoughts and experiences. This takes away the sense of achievement because people are desiring for success in order for others to give them praise, rather than for self improvement. The societal expectations of possessing materialistic items and ideal body types have caused us to believe that these are the aspects in life which will present us with happiness-it does not define you. The worse thing is that we all buy into this fake reality of perfection; it is just a method of consumerism.
I’m not saying that social medias are all completely negative. They are a great way to get people connected, learn new things about the world and to share your opinions on certain subject areas. It’s just when social medias are manipulative and the fact they hold a great power of control in society’s way of thinking. This causes people to conform, sometimes not in the most positive way. Below are some approaches to stop this narrow minded concept on success.
Ways of changing the face of success:
1. Be appreciative
Success will come to those who are happy and content with the simplest things in life. Count your blessings and be grateful for your surroundings and those who care about you.
2. Be yourself
Don’t conform to the majority. You are your own person. You have control of your own life. Success is how you perceive it to be, so don’t let others tell you what models to follow and that you will be a failure if you don’t. Make your own choices.
3. Objects and your appearance do not define you
As cheesy as it sounds, it’s the inside that counts. Success comes from your personality and self improvement, not what you have physically. You may
Hopefully this post has inspired you to question what the true meaning of success is and to help distinguish what the real successes are in your life.
I would love to hear your opinions on this.
Love Christie x
“When I was 5 years old my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.” ~ John Lennon