Our Life Goals and What Happens Next?

We are encouraged from childhood on to think about what we want to do with our lives. What are our goals? Some people seem to know early on what they want to pursue, but others seem to find their niche later in life. It is good to make these goals and give direction to your life, but don’t limit yourself.


When I was in third grade, I decided that I wanted to be a teacher. I knew in my heart that I could be a good one. As I grew older, I knew that I also wanted to get married and have children. I went to college, became certified to teach Elementary school, studied the flute and recorder, took some art classes, got married, received my Masters as a Reading Specialist and had four children. I did obtain all of those early life goals I made for myself, but I’ve never stopped making life goals, and I never want to stop. Now I have goals to reach as a mother, and goals to reach as a Professor of Reading, and as a writer.

The first step in reaching any goal that you have is to look yourself in the mirror and tell yourself that you can do it. My sixth grade teacher, Mr. Larish, had told our class the one thing in life that is impossible. He said: “It is impossible to dig half of a hole. Even if you did a little bit of ground, it is a little hole.” One kid in my class asked: “How about if you dig a half circular ditch?” He answered: “Well then you have a semi-circular shaped hole.” Anyway, I’ve always remembered that. It is amazing what you can do. Don’t give up! Give it a try! Who said that you only need to work in one career? Is there an instrument you would like to play? A sport you always wanted to try?

We live in an amazing world. There are so many possibilities in life. Our perspective of life is very important also. Thich Naht Hahn put it very well: “The miracle is not to walk on water. The miracle is to walk on the green earth, deeply dwelling in the present movement and feeling truly alive.”  Life is a miracle. Sometimes we just need to look around us and appreciate all that we have to enjoy this mysterious and wondrous thing called “life.”

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