Friday, March 19, 2010

Gettin Serious On Your Ass

Do you ever look back to when you were younger and how you imagined what your life would be like at the age you are now?


I just have to laugh when I do that because I was such a different person way back when. I'm still "me", but my beliefs have changed, my priorities have changed, what I want in life has changed, but I do feel like I am a better person now because of these changes.


(My brother and I a long, long time ago)



I was reading my old journal the other day and just laughed at myself. I had written down a few goals that I wanted to accomplish in the summer between my 7th and 8th grade years in school. Here are just a few:


1. To be in a good and happy mood.

2. To walk Sugar (my dog) everyday.

3. To do good in ballet class.


Those were the most important things to me at that time! They just seem so trivial to me now. To be in a good mood? Who makes that goal?


I'm such a dork. (I guess some things never change.)


(My twelth birthday party. Yes, that is you and you and you in this picture. And you too.)


Have you ever sat down and thought what your ultimate goal is in life? The reason why you are living?


For some people it is to be successful, for others it is to have a family and be a parent, and for some people religion plays a big role in their life and they ultimately want to make it into what their belief of heaven is.


So obviously I've been thinking lately what my ultimate goal is in life. What do I need to accomplish in order to feel happy, to feel satisfied, and it has me curious to see what everyone else's goals are.


What's your ultimate goal? Be a mom or dad? Be happy? Successful?

Has it changed throughout your life?

30 comments:

Rebecca Jo said...

What is that that you two are stacking? Strawberry baskets? - too cute!

Actually, I think that is a WONDERFUL goal to be in a good mood. Its kinda what we have to do everyday - CHOOSE how we handle things...so really, you were deep & insightful at a young age!

My ultimate goal... make it to Heaven baby... that's the ULTIMATE goal for me!

Christine Macdonald said...

LOVE the old photos... and you! I just adore you!

TMI Tara said...

I don't think you should laugh off your 7th grade goals, especially the first one. That is actually pretty deep if you think about it!

I got a letter from 16-year-old self last year. A HS teacher mailed them out after 10 years or something. Anywho, I said that I wanted to be married to my best friend and laugh every day. Guess that happened after all. If only that were always enough. It seems like we always want more! My current goal is to get to my goal weight and keep my front yard finished. I can't go much deeper than that because it would take to much inward thinking and effort and it's 11 am on a Friday. So that's all ya get!

TMI Tara said...

.... and I'd like to add a goal to edit my comments before I post them. I made about 30 mistakes. Ugh!

Call Me Cate said...

You know it's Friday, right? Though I don't think it's any better to post the tough questions on a Monday. Maybe try for mid-week.

My "ultimate goal"? Figure out who I am, do what makes me happy, and some day look back and feel that I really lived MY life. I'm tired of everyone's expectations and demands.

I think being in a good mood isn't a bad goal. Being in a bad mood would be a bad goal.

yulz said...

Mine will be : stop myself from being such a QueenControl :p - become a better person - absolutely to adopt a Dolphin LoL

Oh yeah . . to be as smart s my sister so I can further my study so I can change my profession ahax !

Heather@WHMB said...

It's Friday and I'm spent, brain is essentially half way functioning at this point so to answer that question today - impossible. A great question though.

I do relate on the then vs. now, things have changed, my whole thought process in general is so different and influenced by things I never had exposure to at 13! I'm sure we'll be asking ourselves this question every 10 years or so. :)

Janalyn and Rob said...

It's funny to go back and think about how you pictured your life would be when you got older. My life now is absolutely nowhere near where I thought it would be when I was in 7th grade and I couldn't be happier that I didn't go down that road!

So yes my ultimate goal has changed since then...actually, I think it's changed many times. I guess in the end all that matters is that I had a positive impact on those around me and that I was happy. How's that!?!

Oh, and 'twelth'...that is too cute!

The Green Family said...

Pooba~ I made a bucket list a little while ago, some things on that list were 1)Finish my bachelor's before 30 (so I took a 7 year break..BACK OFF!) 2)Be a role model to my kids 3)Be a manager at AFCU 4)SkyDive 5)Be the kind of person people woud consider a friend.

I love the pictures!

Suzi said...

Happy is a good one! I aim to be happier on a daily basis. I think that realizing how fortunate I am is another....I take it for granted too much.

Pricilla said...

I want to stick to The Maaaaa of Pricilla as much as I can.
It will make my life full of good food and good friends and get rid of the bad.

Robyn said...

It's hilarious to look back at old yearbooks and journals. The stuff we worried about then is just funny.

Your post does make me realize that Little Buddy surely has worries that I should start paying more attention to. Thanks for reminding me!

Sara said...

What do I want to be when I grow up? This question is making me nervous because I don't know! I guess I feel my life is in limbo right now. We chose a path and the path is good, the path is right, the path is the path. I guess maybe I'm looking to ramble in the bramble a bit and have yet to decide where cause I gotta take Jon and the kids. I guess ultimately I dream of a large house on a nice bit of land, barn with horses and Jon and I providing for ourselves financially thru our creativity. Real life though is now, we work, love our kids and live in a village.

CLUFF FAMILY said...

So I think you already know my answer. I am in a leadership group right now and we are talking about goals and how to strive to reach them everyday. That made me think..what are my goals? Besides the BIG ultimate goal which is of course to reach the celestial kingdom! But the little goals in getting there, in helping me to be a better person. So having a stronger and better faith is one. Being a better mother and wife. Eat healthier, give service to others.... I could go on and on. Now I just have to focus on a couple of them and work my way through! So you never said what your goals and purpose in life is! I am curious to hear it.

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

You are SO CUTE!! That sure hasn't changed! ;)

My ultimate goals have changed several times over the years as different events in life sort of sidelined some of the goals, and in some cases blindsided me. So now I'm of the mindset that it is what it is, and me being a dreamer will always contribute to my 'ultimate' goal ever changing. :) But nothing has thrilled me beyond my wildest dreams than to have had Princess Nagger arrive unexpectedly after many years of infertility. So everything else - any 'goals' or dreams or what I'd like to be when I grow up - pale in comparison to being a mom to an awesome miracle girl. :)

Jason, as himself said...

First, I think "to be in a good mood" is actually a very important goal. Our moods often control our actions and the paths that we take.

There is so much left for me to still experience, but sitting here thinking about this, but in many ways I feel like I have reached my ultimate goal.

I am liked you. What I used to list as one of my most important values, if not THE most important, has been replaced by things that matter more. Twenty five years ago I would have never guessed this is where I would be.

Anyway! Now I find my wants shifting to my children and their happiness and success. But there is only so much I can do with that!

What was the question again?

Chief said...

seriously... it changes all the time.. sometimes year to year...


But the ultimate goals dont ever change...

happy, healthy family and kids who dont end up in prison

Hernandez Family said...

You said I was in that picture but I'm not! If so I don't even recognize myself. No I'm pretty sure I wasn't there.

Those are still great goals!

Kasey Hunt said...

My goals have changed over the course of years. Currently my goal is to not lose "myself" in being a new Mom again. I need to make time for me. It's hard not to think of myself as shelfish when I say that. But I know I'll be a better mom, friend, and wife when i take some time for me!

Alexis AKA MOM said...

Ok I say they are raspberry containers?

Oh boy I had so many dreams, and always said I wouldn't have kids ... lol. Times change now I didn't think I would be here but I'm happy to say that it is where I am! :)

Frau said...

Don't you wish life goals were as easy as that summer! I think mine change when life changes.

Justine said...

This is going to sound so completely pathetic, but hey, I'm in a pathetic mood today. I have never in my life had a goal. Not one single goal.

Please say a little prayer for us today. We have to put our beloved kitty, Poo, to sleep this morning.

Justine :o /

Wehrle said...

I totally remember that party... is that weird?? Probably!!

5kidswdisabilities said...

My ultimate goal is to be good to others and be happy. They work together...
Lindsey Petersen

WhisperingWriter said...

My goal is to be happy and to be a good mother.

And to get a book published.

Julia said...

My translation of your goals to 2010:

You wear aprons and it makes you happy.

You walk Dozer the dog.

You watch So You think You Can Dance.

See you are meeting your prior goals.

My goal for this year.... Get along better with my crazy husband.

confused homemaker said...

Being happy in my life where I am right now. Simply in the now.

Nana said...

I always wanted to be a mom. A homemaker mom. I have been lucky enough to be able to do that. I think the ultimate goal we can have is to be happy where we are right now. Like confused up there said. That is not always an easy thing to do. There are so many things that happen in a persons life that can make that one a real challenge.

Queenie Jeannie said...

My ultimate goal is do whatever I was meant to do! God made me for a reason. I hope to leave Earth better than I found it, and to help as many people as I can.

You were such a cute kid!

KK said...

Oh yeah, all I ever wanted was to be a mom and a wife. Well 38, single and childless, my goal is now just to live one day at a time.