Sunday, October 9, 2011

Missed Goals

The other day I decided to finally tackle a bookshelf that has become a dump since my last move. Within the piles of papers and books I came across a book I received when I was a senior in high school. It was one of those journal type books where I recorded my name, when and where I graduated, friends I had, etc. One section had me list where I saw myself 5 years down the road, 10 years and then 15 years. I had to laugh - quite hysterically - at what I saw. Then I cried. Because I realized that I hadn't reached any of those goals or ideals. Then I got depressed. But then contemplated on the path I chose and where I am at and realized how blessed I am. Sure I'm not an Interior Designer for the stars. I'm not married. I don't have four kids. Not a stay at home mom. Didn't get a Bachelors degree. Lots of things I haven't done.

I allowed myself to wallow a bit. It's healthy to have a good wallow. It's not always the most comfortable place to be but if I don't allow myself to go there, then it just gets worse. So after my wallow, I went back to feeling completely at peace and, contrary to the title of my layout below, I'm not calling the "Missed" Goals anymore. They are just goals yet to attain. Right?

 All (except the flowers and jute) are from the October Achievement kit at Scrapbooking from the Inside Out.


I found these flowers in my stash and they went with the color scheme of this month's kit so well. I always have to have a flower of some sort on my layouts.




So I haven't met any of these goals when I wanted to. Doesn't mean I never will!

How about you? What goals are you still striving for?

hugs,
Melissa

8 comments:

SiskiyouSue said...

I think you've discovered one of life's biggest surprises, that somehow in the midst of everything we move away from some of our goals and dreams and into others, that although some are never fulfilled, the life that we are living now often is better than we could ever have imagined. I just turned 60, one of those life events that cause us to become reflective. I see that there are goals that I will never reach, but that there are also achievements far beyond those that I dreamed of. I wish for you the same kind of life! Good luck.

Blessed Ladybug said...

very nice i love it.goodluck it it all possible,.. maybe God continue to bless you.. love your work.......

sutty said...

My goals often change, and sometimes so things that I really want to achieve just suddenly pop up when you least expect them to.....I guess you have to enjoy the journey as Mr Holtz would say - and a great thing to document and be able to look back on....plus nearly forgot to say a beautiful LO, love all the details.

Audrey Pettit said...

Oh, Melissa! I can relate! I know I never would have been able to predict how my life would really turn out way back in high school. I had big plans. Was going to be a doctor.....and it didn't happen. But, that doesn't mean it's bad. Just different. And different is ok.
LOVE your layout. And love your spirit. :)

Tiffany said...

It is so crazy to look at back to who we were in High School and read where we'd thought we would be by now. Like you said, they are no longer missed goals, but goals yet attained.

Johanna said...

I wonder if many people actually reach their goals... We go down our own path and often drift from them. But it doesn't mean that where we arrived is not as good... It's just different, sometimes even better!

Nice LO by the way :)

Tammy said...

Great layout! Married with children....that's still at the top of my list. Sigh. Maybe some day. I finally got to cross off travel to Europe last year. I will tell you from experience, it's the best thing I ever did for myself. Totally worth the huge splurge. Best trip ever - even by myself! Maybe it was better because I went by myself. Trust me. GO if you ever get the chance!

Amy said...

I agree with earlier posters. Many times our goals change or our paths change. I'm married, but still hopeful on the having children part. I'd love to change jobs as some point, so much to dream about! Love the layout, you will look back and really enjoy seeing where life has taken you!