The title was taken from the Duke Ellington song I am currently listening to.
The Pursuit of Success
If one tries to learn the meaning of life, he or she might discover that there is no definitive meaning. As teenagers, we constantly try to define ourselves and our lives through comparison. We have a role model, so we define ourselves by emulating that person. We have a passion, so we strive to be like the leader of our perspective fields. We meet friends that we like, so we try to fit in with them. We compare ourselves to the profiles of the college class we are interested. We are always trying to follow some kind of guideline as presented to us as a person, a fictional character, or a merely a set of statistics.
I do not know what the end goal is. When it all comes down to it, whether or not I have reached this unknown goal, I will be truly satisfied that I was happy and lucky every single day of my life. I will be fulfilled knowing that I have never gone a day in my life not being surrounded by someone who loves me. I keep the friends that make me happy at the end of the day. I think I am a good person. If I did not reach my goal, the journey to get there was still honorable and enjoyable. That, is to have succeeded.
And as it was said in a favorite Dave Matthews Band song: “I’m so damn lucky”