For a moment she could only kneel where she was, the key still in her hand.
All of her life she'd been driven toward this moment.
Now that it was here, she couldn't move.
"It's a little like dying, you know?
To finally accomplish the most important goal in your life.
To know that when it's done, it's done, and nothing else
you ever do will have the same impact."
By N 3 14 15 92 65 - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,
Our society is goal-oriented, from Olympic athletes' competing to bring home the gold to entry-level employees seeking to earn a promotion. But why would achieving those goals leave someone feeling empty rather than elated, and how can that let down be avoided?