one word: better
Like many other Americans, there is a part of me that wants to be the very best, but for me, personally, I have always felt it enough to simply be “better”. Better than before, better than most of the competition, better than I believe I can be. That is quite often enough for me. It doesn’t mean I have no drive or ambition; it simply means I’ve learned to accept that I am human and that I will fail. Miserably and often. And I’ve learned to be okay with that. As long as I have a small measure of success — in my own eyes as much as in the eyes of others — then I am quite content with my life and with all the times that I will fail. Because… I can see many times when I didn’t fail. When I did better than failure. And that is truly enough. I believe that’s all we can ask of ourselves, in fact. To be “better” more often than “worse”, and to love ourselves even when we are not the best. Because there will be more opportunities, and on those occasions we can strive to be better than before. It’s always about having another chance. And honestly, it’s just a relief when I take the pressure off of myself and expect nothing more than to move forward in my life journey. Forward is better than backward, and another opportunity is better than none at all. Each new step, with each new chance to succeed or fail, is truly better than standing still and doing nothing at all. And I never want to find myself standing still if there’s something better to be had.
This post was derived from the list of inspiration words gathered on Ali Edwards’s blog and from the concept of writing about one word.