The advent of Class 9th brought about a lot of changes. One of them, was being the start of innumerable discussions with teachers, parents and siblings about, of course, ‘our future’.

Often, I heard my friends tell me what they intended to do, which stream, which job. Mostly, their little speeches about their future plans ended with an “I’m going to be really successful.”

That is when it occurred to me, what exactly does a person mean by this phrase? Does having a good job and earning lots of money mean you are successful? Can a person be truly successful if they have a lot of money, but when they go back home, they are greeted by the smug faces of their family?

The more I thought about it, I acknowledged that success is different for everyone! Today, there are many professionals, both adept and qualified, who excel at what they do, yet, deep down, still struggle to find the reason as to why and for what they work so hard. Unbelievable stress, with absolutely no time for friends or family, they wonder what is it that forces them to lead such a pitiful life. Of course all the work pays off – identity, reputation and financial stability, but does it truly fetch them happiness?

I soon realized that success isn’t about money, or how much time you have for other things. According to me, being successful is actually a state of mind! Being successful is being grateful for what we have. It is about being satisfied, and contented with everything that we are blessed with. Success is when hard work isn’t fueled by greed, but by motivation and ambition. Being successful, is doing what you love, spending time with people who were there for you when no one else was. Success, is about that perfect balance between work and personal life. It is about the perfect balance between what we NEED to do, and what we WANT to do. Success is about being happy.

“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that
happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they
asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down
‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment,
and I told them they didn’t understand life.”
-John Lennon

Asmita Agrawal

The author is a 9th Class Student from Delhi Public School, Gurgaon. She likes having a good time with her family and friends. She is an avid reader and mostly reads fiction. Her favourite authors are Sidney Sheldon and Nicholas Sparks. Being an emotional person, she likes the way two authors pen down their emotions the protagonists experience. She loves singing (even though others don’t love it when she does) and likes listening to music. She also likes making projects and documentaries, as they give her an opportunity to learn more that too in an enjoyable way. She is usually friendly and kind to everyone (unless they do something which drives her mad).