Hi everyone, hope you are all enjoying the last month of summer! I am in denial of it but that’s not what this blog post is about lol. A week ago I blogged about “When I was 17” and “Forgive the Wicked..” and you guys really seem to enjoy my personal blog entries even more than my regular makeup/nail polish reviews – so let me know if you want me to continue on with these personal entries because I can make them daily content! Which works out for the two of us because ‘regular’ picture reviews/swatches are much harder to keep up with than “personal entries”. So today I have a story to share with you – it’s a story I read as a child however the MESSAGE is what I want to reflect on today with all of you.
Growing up my parents have always told me – “Zenny (my childhood/at home nickname)you always take the long route”. They meant this as a compliment actually because they knew from a young age, I have never been a fan of short cuts. I would spend hours on a task (which may seem like a waste to others) but it was and still is important for me to do any and everything to my best potential which requires time & effort!
I love a good fable and my #1 favourite is the story of The Tortoise & The Hare – for all those who are unfamiliar this is a quick synopsis –
The story is centered around two characters: The Tortoise & the Hare – the hare ridicules the slow-moving tortoise and challenges him to a race. The hare takes off much ahead of the tortoise, confident of his win, he decided to take a nap midway through the race. Meanwhile the tortoise gets tired but he keeps on going. When the hare awakes from his nap, he is surprised to see the slow-moving, crawling tortoise has arrived at the finish line before him.
The moral of the story (in my interpretation) is to never make assumptions, do not be over-confident and that a slow & steady pace produces winners! You see, I am not afraid of going through life at slow pace, in fact I have had many people gossip & ridicule me (mostly behind my back – because if such a thing was said to my face, I have no problem defending myself) for taking ‘longer’ to be ‘successful’.
I am currently working on my 2nd University degree and I switched careers midway through my life – this may scare some but make sense to others. I have never once cared to live life comparing myself to others or allow myself to define success in comparing people’s houses, cars, money etc. I defined the purpose of my life years ago and I recommend it to every single human being reading this entry. Grab a pen & paper and write down YOUR definition of YOUR LIFE and what you define as success. Because we ALL have different definitions – and because of these differences it does NOT make sense to compare each others lives because every human being is unique!
One of the assumptions out of this fable is being over-confident and fast equals success. I had a personal example of this in my life, where I was pressed for information regarding a personal matter and once the information was obtained, the person tried to rush everything before I had planned my personal event. You see, life is not a race, it’s a marathon – and being “first” at something does not equate to longevity or success.
My take home message is this – persistence, patience, determination and lack of ego wins above all else. Define success for yourself and work with ONLY that definition, don’t fall prey to comparisons and keep striving no matter what obstacles come your way! You see, even if you work at a slow-moving, steady pace – you are still moving!! Always remember that and as slow as it may seem you will always reach the finish line!!