Growing up and then later on, I retreated into books and later video games as they were a way I could 'escape' from reality. Reality wasn't nice. I was expected to be ambitious and want to succeed and have a good job like my younger sisters...but all I wanted to be was happy, because most of the time I wasn't while living with my Mum and stepfather. I was always asked why I hid away in my room, it was to avoid them.
It even got to the point where I tried to kill myself, but it was that year that everything changed. I moved to the big city, DH (who I had met earlier that year ) was VERY pleased I was moving up and we started dating. I managed to get a qualification (no job yet) but I've never been happier.
This is a good reminder to be careful how you measure success. I believe in my post I referred to my career as very successful. By that I don't mean "I'm going to be President of Fortune100 company". My success in my career is that I get paid nicely to do what I love and it supports my family and my lifestyle. My advancement and non-advancement have been very much at my chosing, and I am happy with those choices.
If you have never been happier, then even though you are on a road that is different from that of your sisters, you are on a road to success nonetheless. I wish you continued success!
This! All of this! I am never going to be CEO of a major corporation. In fact if I were I'd probably have the desire to fling myself out the window of my corner office. However I adore what I do. I consider myself incredibly successful at my jobs. Yes, I have multiable jobs, because that's what works for me. It's not traditional, it's not going to make me a millionaire, but it's perfect for me.
My mother often remarks neither Partner nor I really have anywhere to move up in our jobs, and it's true. Partner could move to a bigger company, or take on more specialized projects, but she'll probably never move into management. And I'm self employed. I'm already CEO of the Me Corp! My mom cannot grasp how we can both be happy like this.
I saw a focus stone at church that I had to buy, it says "I have all of the money to do the things I need to do in this moment", which was true, I had a $1.50 to buy the stone!