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Wealth, honors, awards, a college degree, marriage, kids — that is success as defined by the people from my childhood. I understand that some families joke when they tell a girl in the family that she needs to gain a college degree and find a rich husband to marry, but so many of mine were serious about that. That’s not realistic, and money does not buy happiness. That’s not really what I define as success.
To me, success is keeping the same domain name for three years. I’m officially committed to this domain name until 2015. 6birds.net is thus far the oldest domain name I have ever had.
Success is sending a message to my aunt Charan on Facebook for help because Mimi was moving out of Wills Point and had gone back on understanding that I had quit my job to relax and focus on getting better [away from people].
Success is working my ass off senior year by taking about 20 classes[1. 15 per year is normal; Trinity uses 5 classes per trimester. Senior year I took four courses, the fifth being Office Aid, which was when I worked on the 6 courses for about six to seven weeks, then turned into an Early Release (but I still received credit because the schedule wasn’t changed).] just so I can graduate on time[2. Because homeschool really fucked me up credits-wise.].
Success is admitting to myself that I have MDD and PTSD rather than merely denying it and wishing it would disappear.
Success is teaching myself HTML and CSS.
Success is reading a book.
Success is failing the quiz version of the Driver’s License test twice and passing it on the third time.
Success is passing the driving version of the Driver’s License test on the first try with a 70.
Success is becoming better and better at coding and design, no matter how slowly that process is.
Success isn’t necessarily some complex thing; it can be as simple as eating an apple a day or waking up before noon.
What is success to you?
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