Your Lifetime Goals — What’s on Your List?

“I’m goin’, that’s all there is to it! I’m freaking goin’ . . .” (Scotland)

Two weeks ago I got inspired and made a Pinterest board of my 101 lifetime goals (I don’t care much for the term ‘bucket list’).  See my complete list here.  At first, I was going to keep my list a ‘secret’ board, so no one else could see it (I was afraid some of my writing goals might sound egotistical or shallow).  But then I thought, ‘Hey!  Maybe we don’t talk about the big things enough and if even one person is inspired, it’s worth a little teasing (No, I don’t have to marry Joseph Gordon-Levitt — he may be just a placeholder(!).

The interesting thing about this exercise (which I got out of Jack Canfield’s wonderful book The Success Principles) is that it makes you think about the rest of your life.  Really.  However old you are now, however long you think you’ll live, there is a finite amount of time left.  According to one Death Clock, I have 54 years left.  Now, that’s a long time — but it will pass fast.

And to me it’s not even about some sort of ‘seize the day/savor the moment’ creedos.  It’s about the kind of person who would be doing all the things on this list.  They would be fit, and ready for adventure.  They would make time (and save money) for the big things.  They would say ‘YES!’ to the unknown void of awesome.

You never know one of your lifetime goals is to take Peyote until you make the list

These goals also remind you to get going.  I’ve now made a list of 20 of those goals that can be achieved in the next couple of years.  Visiting every continent?  Might take a while.  But eating at Cinco y Diez (an upscale local restaurant), cycling 50 miles in a day, and going ziplining are quite doable (you’ll have to trust me about the cycling one 😉

So I encourage you to make your own list, board, collage or whatever inspires you.  Then pick a couple of goals and start taking the steps to complete them by the end of 2015 (or 2014 if you’re feeling feisty).  According to Pinterest co-founder Evan Sharp, “Our mission is twofold.  The first half is to help people discover the things that they love.  The second half is to enable people to go out and act on those things, to make them actually part of their life.” (Wired, Aug. 2014)

That’s what you want to do with your list: discover what you want to do with the rest of your life and then go do it.  

For myself?  I’ll be celebrating my birthday this year at Cinco y Diez and coming home to cross a life goal off the list.

 

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Awesome Day #5 — Play Time

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If you watch Hannibal, you might find this hilarious.

Yesterday was day #5 of my 8 day stay-cation.  It was a time of rest and having WAY too much fun creating new pinterest images.

Allow me to explain — I love the titles of Matt Adrian’s bird pictures.

Title: A Financially Unstable Mess, But At The Liquor Store They Call Me Ma’am

And I had a pin of one I thought would make a great Hannibal pin (Hannibal is amazing BTW).  So, using MS Publisher, I made this —

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Then I realised that lots of Matt Adrian’s other art titles would make great pins.  The floodgates were opened.  And it reminded me just how FUN creation can be, especially when you aren’t worried about being perfect.

All of which ties right back into my writing.

So if you get a chance, visit Matt’s website, and check out all of his Mincing Mockingbird art (they’re awesome and often hilarious).

And if you get a chance, go over to Pinterest and search ‘Hannibal Matt Adrian’.  I’m very proud!

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