"The two hardest things to handle in life are failure and success."
That was my senior quote. I'm not really sure what made me pick it. Maybe, it just sounded profound to my 17 year old self. Truth is, I'm actually alright with success - especially when I am the one dictating the criteria of what makes something successful.
As a mother, a runner and a human being, in general, I'm constantly striving for success. The quest for success keeps me committed to my goals. Just as much as the fear of failure keeps me motivated to achieve them.
Success feels easy. It's comfortable. It's something you carry with pride.
Failure, on the other hand, is hard. It's painful. It's something you try to hide away.
They seem like polar opposites, but I think they are actually quite intertwined. And, running is the perfect example of this.
Have you ever finished a race and been 100% successful? I haven't. Even if I accomplish my goals or have an amazing performance, I almost always come up with something that could have improved upon. Some slight failure that if eliminated would have made me faster or stronger or better or more successful.
And maybe that's what makes success so hard to handle - the sheer fact that it is often equated with perfection. But, they are not the same thing. And they shouldn't be.
Perfection is unattainable.
Success is what happens when you accept that you are good enough. When you relish in your accomplishments and take pride in your achievements.
You set the standards for your own success. Be successful.