Do you ever feel like your days are being nibbled away by chipmunks? My days seem to disappear in hundreds of tiny bites, and in the end what do I have to show for it? House cleaned? Groceries bought? Gym visits, car maintenance, body maintenance? Check, check, check AND —- you’re dead.
My greatest fear is of waking up at the end of my life and suddenly seeing everything clearly, whatever it is. I fear that I will discover I have squandered my precious time. (If you are thinking the antidote is to slow down and be in the moment, let’s talk about that in another post. Soon, Grasshopper. Soon.)
So I decided that at the end of 2011, I’m going to have something to show for it besides a deeper crevasse between my brows. I made up a list of goals, originally called “Things I Need to Do in 2011”, but that was just another to-do list, only on a massive scale.
But one of the cool skills I’ve gained from getting to be this old is the ability to motivate myself, and what always gets me moving is to anticipate the satisfying outcome. Example: No, I don’t especially want to go to my critique group today, but I envision that in six weeks of attending, my manuscript will be done and polished, ready to send out. Next thing you know, I’m fired up and ready to go. So instead of a list of things I wanted to do, I called it my list of things I DREAM of doing in 2011.
Another thing that motivates me is buddies who are churning alongside me, trying to get there, too. When you and I and the rest of our growing community on this blog chatted about “30 Years of Journals” the other day, I felt you wanted to have a place where we could talk about our goals and check in with each other periodically, so I’m volunteering AST. I’ll tell you my goals, you tell me yours, and I’ll run a post at the end of each quarter so we can tell each other how we’re doing. That way, we might actually get closer to or even accomplish some of our dreams. Here goes:
“What I Dream of Accomplishing in 2011”
- Publish my book, Dakota Blues
- Outline and finish the first draft of my second book, Stockholm Summer
- Continue to build this blog so our community of voices grows, and we inspire each other and have fun.
- Enter writing contests so I can post a few wins by the end of the year.
- Maintain my Lifetime status with Weight Watchers (last year I reached my goal weight!)
Please add your list and comments, and I’ll compile them and run them in quarterly posts. We can see how we’re all doing and encourage each other, and actually get to our dreams. When we’re very elderly women, we can nudge each other with our bony elbows, smile, and say, “We did it, sister!”And if you feel tired and uninspired, here’s an upbeat article about Boomers who take the “retire” out of “retirement.”