How does it feel to finally reach a goal that took a lifetime to achieve?
I was sitting in the kitchen with my mum once upon a time.
She was working as a cashier in the local supermarket. She’d been there more than 10 years already and was still earning less than $10 USD per hour.
I was urging her to submit an application to another supermarket (Tesco) where the rates of pay were better. This was 12 years ago now. I was 17 at the time and the youngest son of 5 children.
Me : Mum why don’t you apply to Tesco?
Mum : I don’t need to son.
Me : Why not?! It’s still local; you can still walk to work - and my friend Kye works there part time as a cashier and they pay him £7.88 per hour. You can earn more
Mum : I understand all of that but I’m happy where I am.
Me : How can you be happy where you are?
Mum : Because I’m happy.
Me : What do you mean? I don’t understand.
My mum paused.
Mum : Deepak I got married when I was 11 years old. The first time I saw your father I married him. I prayed for a two things that day. To meet a man that had a nice smile; and that one day I would raise my children and put them all through school. That was more than 30 years ago.
I’m happy because I got everything I wanted.
I don’t need more money.
I never asked her about a job again. I learnt something profound that day.
For more of my life’s lessons head here.
transcribed from feeling of reaching a goal that took a lifetime