The moments we enjoy most in life are purely subjective and nothing at all to do with how others perceive our skills or achievements. We are intrinsically rewarded when we stretch beyond our limits at anything. During these moments we are at the pinnacle of the talents that we have accumulated over the years. This is why we “lose ourselves” when we catch that big wave, or when we dominate a match against an opponent that we’ve previously struggled against.
“The best moments usually occur when a person’s body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile. Optimal experience is thus something that we can make happen.” -Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (pg.3)