There's a personal finance blogger I read who was recently struggling with her boyfriend's lack of ambition. I feel for her, as I myself had the unambitious boyfriend in the past, a man who has never stretched himself beyond his gaming hobby. However, as I read her post and responses, I started to consider--am I not ambitious?
I mean, I did go back for a graduate degree after being in the workforce for 5 years, a plan designed at the time to make my life better and open up more professional opportunities (ha ha hah ha ha!) Okay, that did work as I wouldn't have my current job without a Master's. But I'm not primarily motivated by money or prestige.
But what I have been ambitious about the last couple years is my mental health, I think. I can't afford to keep having cyclical bouts of depression, and a low baseline mood really does hurt me in many ways. And I've not accepted the idea that things couldn't get better for me, that I couldn't be a happier and better adjusted person. So I'm hoping that the work I've put in and my improved mood will lead to better career opportunities, and other ripples throughout my life.