I spent a lot of time with our son over the last 2 days. He’s 5 months old.
As I was playing with him, I found myself hoping that he’d have a healthy and happy life.
I then realized what I didn’t hope for him. I didn’t hope for him to be powerful, wealthy, famous, handsome, or for him to have other externally visible measures of success.
If he also has one or more of these externally visible measures of success, that will be great. But they are only valuable if they’re built on top of a healthy and happy life.
What I know to be true for this person who I care so much about is true for each of us.