Namitha over at TeenMemoir nominated me for the 3-day quote challenge, which I’m incredibly excited to take part in!
For my first quote, I’m choosing one by Paramahansa Yogananda. He was an Indian yogi and guru who, through his book titled Autobiography of a Yogi, introduced millions of westerners to the teachings of meditation and Kriya Yoga.
Success is not rightly measured by wealth, prestige and power. Success is measured by the yardstick of happiness. Paramahansa Yogananda
This quote is one that I look at a lot, particularly these past few days. My transition to college has been a little rough, to say the least. And after failing my first two chem midterms, almost failing my bio and calc midterms, I’ve had some trouble finding positivity around me. Just a couple days ago, I attended a panel discussion called “Deconstructing Prestige,” where various professors, lectures and researchers discussed this idea of prestige and its relationship to our happiness. It resonated with my high school experience, which was one that was extremely focused on grades and one that was extremely competitive, pitting students and friends against each other on this thing called a GPA “ranking system.”
I mentioned all this to one of my high school friends, and I told her to not be so focused on these things that really don’t define you at all, and to find happiness in the things that you do. I thought I had managed to step back far enough to fully distance myself from these ideas of prestige, success and grades. But these ideas have been so deeply ingrained that it only took two failing grades to get me back in the same boat I was in junior year: depressed and crying on my bed.
So these past couple days, I’ve decided to get a breath of fresh air. I’ve talked with some friends I haven’t talked to in a while, I walked around campus, I went to go get groceries, and each night, I remind myself that what’s important is that at the end of the day, I’m a better and hopefully happier person than I was the day before. Because that’s true success.
As for my nominees: