Raison D’etre

It literally means: “the most important reason or purpose for someone or something’s existence.”

It’s a rare thing for someone to know their raison d’etre.

However, Bill Gates writes an article every year reflecting on the year.

And he says his measure of success is, “Do the people you care about love you back?”

This interests me.

Although it makes perfect sense that you’d want a mutual feeling of care from the people you care about, I’m curious as to whether that truly is success.

It would imply that if the people around you didn’t love you back you wouldn’t have as fulfilled of a life.

Which in some part is true.

I know the level of fulfillment I feel would decrease if the people I love didn’t love me but I’d be cautious to make that my measure of success.

Do you ever think about what metrics you’re evaluating yourself on, your raison d’etre?

Photo by Wynand van Poortvliet on Unsplash.

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