If money is not an issue, and you have the time to spare, what is it that you have long wanted to do but you keep putting off?
My best friend and I were mulling over that subject the last time we talked. For several minutes, we were both deep in thought…
When I was very young, I used to make a list of the things that I wanted to accomplish… My Girly Goals, as I called them (I think I have already mentioned that before in one of my blogs). Somehow when you are young, you can write and write and write about the things you want to do — and you feel that you have all the time in the world to do them. The world is your oyster, so to speak.
But as one gets older, well, responsibilities pile up… priorities change… time does not stop but instead breezes by… resources are not always abundant… and you forget about those girly goals — or you set them aside, to be revisited if and when life permits.
My best friend said she will travel more. Given the chance — time and money not being an issue — she will explore the world. She said she will bring her kids (all three of them) to places they have never been to. They will create more happy memories while traveling.
That was a nice thought.
When it was my turn to answer, I had to think long and hard before I could give my reply. All of a sudden, I saw the 12 year old me writing “Girly Goals” on my diary.
I tried to recall the things that I listed there — remembering the things that I have actually accomplished, as well as the things that I have left hanging, dreams that I have set aside.
These are some of the things I remembered wanting to do/buy/have:
- Own a horse. It was supposed to be brown and I would have called it Chessie. Funny, I still remember the name.
- Ride a hot air balloon
- Dye my hair brown (done!)
- Put up an orphanage, take care of little kids
- Write a book, a love story for young adults.
- Write for magazines, get published (done on several accounts!)
- Come out on print ads (haha on this, but yes, done!)
I know there were more, but somehow these ones stood out. These were the ones I easily remembered. Maybe because these were the ones that I really, really wanted to do/accomplish…
I have long given up on the first item — owning a horse. Certain life experiences in the past somehow ruined that dream for me. Too many painful memories attached to owning a horse made me scratch that one off my list. I don’t need to be reminded of past hurts. Sorry, Chessie.
Riding a hot air balloon doesn’t seem as exciting now as when I was 12. I think getting older makes one less brave.
That leaves me with the orphanage and the book. Both lofty dreams. One to help others, the other one more for myself.
If I have the money (lots of it), I will put up an orphanage and I will house as many abandoned little kids as I can. If I have the time– and the courage, well, I will publish that book.
But for now, looking at my list above, I believe accomplishing 3 out of 7 isn’t bad… especially after scratching out 2. Not bad at all.
And well, the world, I believe, is still my oyster. 🙂
ps… What about you? What is your girly goal? Do share! – B
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