In a few past posts I’ve discussed a time in my life when my world fell instantly and irreparably apart. In some ways I will always be healing from that time.
One of the things that was so devastating was that everything I thought I was working towards was instantly taken away from me. I lived for more than three years without any goals at all. (Unless you count getting through the day a goal, which, I guess it was.)
I was spinning out of control without goals.
When I started to heal, I also started to make new goals. At first they were very small goals. In 2011, for example, I wrote down these three goals:
- I will walk two times per week or more. Any length walk will count.
- I will enter some type of race or walkathon to celebrate my new activity.
- I will continue to blog about my life, paying more attention to the Wins than the Fails.
I didn’t reach any one of them in 2011.
Except I have reached all of them. Eventually. It may have taken me a lot longer to get the strength I needed, but I did achieve these amazingly simple and yet insurmountable goals. And I continued to make new goals.
Here are some of the current goals I’m working towards:
• On September 13th I will complete a half-marathon in less than 3 hours.
• In 2015 I will run 1,000 miles.
• Before my 50th birthday I will post 40 things I’ve learned in my 40’s.
I also have some family, education, and career goals, that are shared in different places and with different people. What are your goals?