I work between 30-32 hours per week at a middle school, and am currently enrolled in nine credits at the local community college. As you could imagine, I live in a constant state of exhaustion. One might even say I am familiar with the feeling of “burnt out”.
Some people believe that, in order to be successful, one must be sacrificing sleep to accomplish everything that needs to be done. What those same people forget is that there are many kinds of success. Let’s take a look at a few that truly matter.
Success in mental health is a top priority for me, as I hope it is for many others. This is why I cringe when people tell me they sacrifice sleep to do all of the things that they do. With minimal sleep, there is a lack of energy. With a lack of energy, there is a lack of motivation. With a lack of motivation, there is a lack of confidence. With a lack of confidence, there is a whole list of problems. Do you see the snowball effect? Success in mental health is followed by success in many areas of life. A person can accomplish so many things and still get a full eight hours of sleep.
Success in personal relationships is also high on my priority list. One relationship I truly treasure is the one I have with my boyfriend. For almost five years, we have worked hard on building a relationship based on trust, communication, empathy, and flexibility. He understands that, though I put our relationship high on my list, I also have to work hard at my job and at school. Not only does he understand me, he supports me. When you have at least one successful relationship in your life, the pride you hold carries out to other aspects. There is a feeling of accomplishment and self worth; something everyone should feel.
Success in personal growth is yet another area that is high on my priority list. In a couple of my previous posts, I briefly talked about my journey from dropping out of college, to going back and succeeding more than ever. This stems from success in my mental health, as well as success in my personal relationships. Those other areas of success have given me the confidence and drive to grow as a person in every way possible. I feel as though what I am doing with my life as meaning and purpose, which is all anyone wants to feel.
In your twenties, it is easy to feel like you have to do so much in order to be considered successful; however, succeeding in these three areas alone can drive a person to their greater success without them realizing it. You don’t have to juggle a million things at once just to prove your worth. Most people cannot even fully succeed in the three areas above. Just know that, even though you may not be where you want to be now, even if you are succeeding in these three areas, you are successful. Keep going.