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What is a Success?

Posted on March 11, 2011 at 5:31 PM

A couple months ago, I signed up for an advanced placement history class, simply for the purpose of seeing if I'm ready to tackle college level classes. Obtaining a college degree had always been a goal of mine and to me, has always been an indicator of success. Becuse of my injury, I learned this class was just too much at this time in my life. They say for a one hour class, two hours of studying is required a night. But for someone with a brain injury, this two hours turned into four or more hours. Between working in the morrning, going to class in the afternoon, studying in the evenings AND  trying to work in therapies, I discovered this was just so overwhelming. After re-evaluating what I want in life, I realiized  I don't need college to be labeled a success. I have so much more going on in my life that is already making me successful. For example my job, which I enjoy, volunteering and by just  recovering from this injury, I  have been labeled a success. I'm now realizing that college is not what makes someone successful. I'm not saying that college won't be in my future, but I now realize this will not determine whether or not I'm considered a success.

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Reply Rita Mathis
6:32 AM on April 9, 2011 
I can relate. I took a sculpture class this semester -not knowing we would be working with power tools- and in order to use the heavy gear I would have to find ways to rig the equipment in order to use it. What would ordinarily take someone 20 minutes would take me an hour or more.

I am truly pleased with this epiphany you have had. It is hard to break away from the ideals one held pre-injury. First was to deal with the physical changes and then everything else needed to be re-calculated. But in the end, like you said, we are still successful by virtue of overcoming the traumatic brain injury and for me the biggest success I achieved has been remaining productive and optimistic. I stive to not think about what I can't do, but relish the things I can do.

As people in this present moment, how can we be any other way than the way we are?

Reply Jason Savage
4:44 PM on March 14, 2011 
Rachel, in the dictionary next to the word 'success' is your picture.
Reply Ian Barton
9:45 PM on March 11, 2011 
Well said Rachel. There are many different ways to that illusive state called "success" and college is only one of them. The path that you have been down and will continue along will teach you far more than any college qualification can do.
Lots of love to you,
Ian & Rosanna
Reply Aunt Carole
9:38 PM on March 11, 2011 
You are already a handful of fabulousness Rachel ! College may be in the future or not, you are doing amazing things right now.......greatness is not measured by a college degree, you have greatness in all that you do now just being you :) Love you sweet girl !
Reply Aunt Val
9:03 PM on March 11, 2011 
In my opinion, with everything you have accomplished you have nothing left to prove to anybody. College would be nice ... but you are already a success and I love you for who you are! Thank you for being my hero!
Reply Palmtrees40@aol.com
8:43 PM on March 11, 2011 
Your awesome in everyway. And your right about college. It will be there when/if you decide to go. Come visit us in the TWHS kitchen next time your in.
Big Hugs....