How do we measure our achievements? Marks in school, percentage in college, the college we get into, the job offer attained, the package earned, the hike received, the promotion attained, the awards earned? These are the “general” measures of an achievement. Does having achieved all of this, make me better than the rest? Does being better than the rest, matter? Sadly, no!
We are all fighting enough battles within ourselves and we’re only adding more pressure on ourselves by beginning to compete with others. Having achieved all the above, the sense of fulfillment, still seems missing. Many people would envy what I have right now, and yet, am disappointed with myself at times and seek the unknown.
There’s a beautiful song in Kannada –
ಕಾಣದ ಕಡಲಿಗೆ ಹಂಬಲಿಸಿದೆ ಮನ….
ಕಾಣಬಲ್ಲೆನೆ ಒಂದು ದಿನ?
ಕಡಲನು ಕೂಡಬಲ್ಲೆನೆ ಒಂದು ದಿನ?
It describes the eternal perseverance of the unseen shore in life. We always want to achieve “that one thing”, which only keeps changing from time to time.
When I sat back to think of my achievements, to write this post, I realized that true achievements lie not in the things we chase. As philosophical as it may sound, if you have enough loving people in your life, a family to rely upon, good friends to laugh with, food to eat, a shelter, some clothes, you’ve actually achieved enough! So yeah, I’ve actually achieved enough!