My challenge for this month is to run every day. The challenge has been going pretty well, but more about that some other time.Because a few days the challenge did not go so well. It’s not that I didn’t do it. It’s that I cheated.
On one of my first few days I ran to the bus. 100 meters, if that. Not really what I had in mind, though technically it counted (I never specified how far or long I would run). Then there were the days I didn’t run at all, but I did do something else quite strenuous (hike for an hour, bike for an hour). Technically I didn’t do what I said I would, but in spirit this was perfectly ok.
I like to keep my word. Especially if I made it in (semi) public.
Is it ok to re-interpret my challenge to allow technical compliance and compliance in spirit?! Tough question!
Thinking about this triggered a whole new train of thought: What do I measure myself by in general. How do I know I’m doing what I should be doing? How do I know I’m successful?
If you don’t set your own goals, don’t decide for yourself what is important, there are lots of other places to look. People will deem you to have “made it” if you become rich, if you have a “career”, if you’re famous.
But: ”Even if you win the rat race, you’re still a rat!”
I desperately do not want to be famous. I said goodbye to the traditional career when I became a freelancer. Having money still is nice, but it’s only an enabler, not a goal in itself.
What then? What makes me successful? How do you measure that? And perhaps more importantly, when do you measure that? On your death bed, looking back? When you’ve “made it” (and afterwards you can stop – living, trying?)? Or minute by minute, day by day, month by month? I don’t believe in the second one, but both the first and last have a certain ring to it. A balance between the short term and the long term.
I don’t know exactly what success means for me. But I’m one step closer in figuring it out!
I’m Bastiaan. This blog is meant to give you some insight into the things I run into and perhaps to inspire you to go in search of your own life extraordinaire.
I love to connect, so if you have thoughts, ideas or questions based on this (or another) post, please leave me a comment!