If I’m not on a quest for self improvement, I don’t know what to do with myself. I’m constantly coming up with projects and challenges and lists. Improve, take on more, try new things.
I don’t do this to be better than others. I’m not one for competition. It’s an inate quest to do more, be more, acheive more, try more. I’m afraid that if I stop lunging myself forward, I’ll sink.
So when September 1 rolls around, I get to thinking about my birthday and what I want to accomplish this year. My mind fills with fitness goals and health goals and home goals and craft goals and baking goals and friendship goals and writing goals and blogging goals. More, more, more goals!
I thought about implementing all sorts of challenges and documenting my progress. But as I came up with ideas, I realized how many things I’ve already done.
I taught myself HTML and redesigned this blog half a dozen times. I learned more settings on my DSLR. I started up my freelance writing business, published, became part of Stratejoy’s Season 6 blogger team. Became a Les Mills Certified BodyStep instructor, and six months later I’m teaching three to four times a week.
Younger Sarah would have said so what? What’s next?
But this wiser 28-year-old Sarah says what wonderful accomplishments. What would happen if I savored theses accomplishments instead of constantly making, acheiving, and shoving goals out of the way and onto the next thing?
That sounds nice to me.
And I’m not worried about losing my energy and enthusiasm for challenges because that’s just who I am. I’m pretty sure I will always be challenging myseld in some way or another. But I want to add savoring and enjoying success into that equation and feeling good about what I’ve done instead of eating up another goal in an endless quest to fill up inside.
Goals and challenges and projects are good. But what good are they if you don’t enjoy them? Here’s to 28.