I think it is only fair that you get to know me a little bit better to understand how I think and how my brain works in order to put my writings into perspective and to draw your own conclusions. This is why I, once about every ten days, answer one of the questions from the New York Times question series: 36 Questions – How to fall in love.
If you want to start at the very beginning, you can find question 1 here.
And if you just missed the last answer to question 14, you can find it here.
Question number 15 reads as follows:
What is the greatest accomplishment of your life?
That is a nice and equally difficult question. My greatest accomplishment can be something you wouldn’t tell an accomplishment. It depends on how we define success, which can say something about our values, too. You see, everything is connected. That is also the reason why no accomplishment (at least none I can think of) has been achieved in isolation. We had our mentors, or support and help in various ways. So, even if I call it my biggest achievement, I know that many people helped me with it.
My biggest achievement is nothing static. It is something that still needs development, but this can still be an achievement. For me it is the person, I became today. It was and still is a lot of work, but when I look into the mirror, I am proud of what I see. This has not always been the case. When I was young, I used to bottle up all my feelings, which wasn’t healthy and productive for my self-image. I had to learn to call friends and families to share with them how I feel. I also got better in asking for help, when I feel the need that I don’t get there myself.
I am kind for the right reasons (at least most of the times =) ). I am quite good at living up to my values, and I can say that I am honest and stand up for others and more and more also for myself. I try to understand others and raise mutual understanding among people. Moreover, I own my mistakes and don’t blame others. Of course, sometimes I need time to reflect or let it sink in, but once I realized my fault, I will stand up for them. Of course, I am far from perfect. Even in those things I just mentioned. But I feel content with the level I reached until now.
Though, as I said in the beginning, there is still some room for improvement and maybe, someday I will say that something else is my biggest achievement. Maybe when I have my own family and children, I will say that this is the greatest accomplishment in my life. But even then, I couldn’t have made it without my wife and family and friends as support.
What is your greatest accomplishment? Let me know in the comments below.
Have a wonderful day and take care!