I was going to write a completely different blog post, but my parents just sent me pictures of my younger brother’s awards ceremony. He’s just finished the eighth grade and he received the President’s Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement. I stopped writing mid-post to write a Facebook status and afterward, I sat there and thought about things for a moment.
We often talk about our accomplishments and our journey. We talk about what we are planning to do and where we are going to go. But how often do we stop and marvel at the amazing things that others have accomplished?
I always think of this Mindy Kaling quote whenever I’m faced with negativity or people who are so rude regarding success.
It honestly happens a lot. Previous classmates, old friends, people I knew from undergrad… the list goes on. There have been many occasions, especially recently where people will be rude regarding my own accomplishments. They’ll diminish them or be petty about things.
But instead of caring about irrelevant people or those who are negative, look at how many people are genuinely happy for you when you succeed. Not passively-aggressively happy where they want you to be successful but not more than they are. But truly, ridiculously so happy and so excited for you (like I am for my phenomenal brother).
The answer is: not many. Not many people are going to be happy for your success or accomplishments. Not many people are going to shed tears of happiness when they see you’ve done something big or be genuinely happy to see what your bright future holds. So when you find someone that is truly happy for you, cherish them.
We focus on our own accomplishments a lot, and there’s nothing wrong with celebrating little victories, but we forget about those around us. We forget about how wonderfully our loved ones are doing and the victories they have. They too are taking on life and accomplishing things. So don’t forget to be happy for them, to be genuinely supportive and to be real. There are so many people out there that support you, so don’t forget to support them too.
Congratulations, Nugget, I am so damn proud of you.
“I want to be around people that do things. I don’t want to be around people anymore that judge or talk about what people do. I want to be around people that dream and support and do things.”
Who are some people that you are proud of? What did they accomplish and what have they been successful at? Also, because I am always so happy to hear from you guys, what is a little victory that you’ve had recently?