How do you define a life well lived? You can identify success in a multitude of ways, however it is most often times looked at with a narrow perspective. Our ego looks for these positive or negative reinforcements from outside sources to validate the self, when really both options are going to warp what we think about ourselves and in the end, what we think about ourselves is the only true thing that matters. Robert Louis Stevenson once said,

“it is a sore thing to have laboured along and scaled the arduous hilltops, and when all is done, find humanity indifferent to your achievement.”

In her book, ‘You Learn by Living,’ Eleanor Roosevelt writes,

“it’s your life, but only if you make it so. The standards by which you live must be your own standards, your own values, your own convictions in regard to what is right and wrong, what is true and false, what is important and what is trivial. When you adopt the standards and the values of someone else or a community or a pressure group, you surrender your own integrity. You become, to the extent of your surrender; less of a human being.”