This past weekend (September 13th, to be exact) I spoke at WordCamp Buffalo again. I have a special relationship with Buffalo, and WordCamp Buffalo—I went to school at UB and helped organise the first WordCamp Buffalo—so it’s always a delight to revisit WNY and revisit my old haunts.
Looks like I’ve successfully completed another trip around the sun.
Birthdays are hardly my favourite days. They’re a yearly reminder of just how little I’ve gotten done—or at least how little I think I’ve gotten done.
I have a habit of holding myself to very high standards—impossibly high, some might say. I look at Jobs, Welles, and Zuckerbergs of the world, and see people who achieved creative and/or entrepreneurial success younger than me, and can’t help but stack up my short list of achievements next to their lengthy ones at the same time.
Earlier tonight, I attended a screening of the premiere of the new series of Doctor Who, starring Peter Capaldi. Although he could hardly be considered unsuccessful before this point, his role as the new Doctor is easily his highest profile role so far, and has catapulted him to a new level of stardom. And, oh right, he’s 56.
It’s easy to forget that success is like a mountain. Some people might scale it faster, but no matter what, if you don’t look back and don’t turn around, you’ll make it to the top too. It might take a while—56 years, perhaps—but you’ll make it.
Instead of lamenting that I haven’t reached the top quite as quickly as I’d like, I need to stop and enjoy the journey. It’s easy to forget that the sights below the summit can be just as beautiful as the view from the top… if you pause and look.