When I first met my wife, Ruchi, I thought she was someone I would never hang out with.

I was very clear about what I wanted to do in life.
She, instead, was going with the flow — no visible goals, no desire to control her life.
The exact opposite of me!

But as I got to know her, I realised I was wrong about one thing.
She never lost control over her life.

She started earning while in school itself, by giving tuitions.
She funded her own college education.
She worked all through college.
Did a Master’s degree.
Got a great job.
Bought her first car at 24!
Started investing at the same age.
While having fun, travelling, eating out, buying things – everything.

She worked for 8 years.
Then she quit.
Travelled for a month.
Became a mother.
Spent 3 years devoted to it.
Then, decided to get back to work.
Represented creative outfits as their sales agent.
Then worked for an organic farm, helping people build a sustainable livelihood.
Earning 20,000 a month – 1/10th of what she was earning 10 years back.
But she didn’t care.
She wanted to do this.

One day, I asked her if she would become my manager.
She said yes.

This is her life.
Adapting to change, on her own terms.
Not the other way around.

We have been together for 20+ years now, and the only thing she ever wanted in life was to be happy.

Growing up without money or today, when we have it in abundance.
She chose to be happy.
When things were tough, or when they were a joyride.
She chose to be happy.
Whether life felt hopeless, or whether everything felt full of hope.
She CHOSE to be happy.

She is the happiest person I know.
That is her goal.
That is her success!

And I wish there were a lot more people like her.