How does it feel to finally reach a goal that took a lifetime to achieve?

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