Confessions of a High Achiever
Do you ever wonder why you’re different amongst your young peers?
You’re only young, but to the eyes of many, you certainly don’t act like one.
It’s true — everyone has their unique differences. But, I’m not talking about physical, emotional, or experiential differences here. I’m referring to your mindset.
What most people do, you don’t do. What most people wouldn’t do, you would do (excluding crime and all other acts of injustice, of course.)
When most people complain about a situation, you see it as an opportunity.
When most people would stay comfortable, you would rather face a challenge.
When most people follow a trend, you set your own.
When most people prefer taking their breaks doing things that make them happy on the short-term, you prefer taking your breaks doing something that will benefit you in the long-term.
You are restless when most are satisfied.
You create your destiny when most let life drag them.
You grow your knowledge when most grow their ego.
To others, you’re impressive. To you, it’s normal to be this way.
Do you ever question why:
you see the underlying meaning behind things.
you have a natural hunger for learning.
you do more than what’s required.
you have a desire to fix a problem that has been left unsolved for many generations.
I do wonder all these things. Often, part of me gets exasperated because my brain can’t seem to stop thinking or pushing. I have accomplished many things yet I still yearn for more. I can’t seem to be satisfied of a few accomplishments. I seem to like those coming a lot. I like it when my chin is held up high, walking on the hallway in heels like a true professional.
Sometimes I wonder if I’m just a complicated person by nature or if I’m this way for a higher purpose. Sometimes I think - maybe I’m just being a naïve dreamer. But often, I question if this yearning for more is to feed my pride.
I’m a high achiever, that’s true. I will tire myself to achieve something I find worth sacrificing for. I can usually sustain my motivation even if it means working hard every day — so long as I have a strong reason to. I would need help sometimes, but often, I would rather do tasks myself.
Though it may seem exhausting to many, it brings me joy to be this way. The benefits of being a high achiever compounds to those I cherish in my life. Maybe that is why I liked being one.
What is being a high achiever like to you?