Tuesday, 18 November 2014

52 Lists Week 4

As you probably know, I’ve decided to give the 52 Lists Project by Morrea Seal a go, and yes, I am incredibly late to this particular party! If you haven’t heard of it, the basic premise is that a list subject has been created for every week of the year, so each week you print off your list template, complete it and pop it in a folder. At the end of a year you will then have 52 different lists, which should tell you a lot about yourself. Yes, you are probably meant to start this project at the beginning of the year, but hey, when was I ever one to conform?!

This week I had a go at list number 4, which was asking you to list your current and future goals and dreams. At first, I thought this would be incredibly easy, but then I took a step back and realised that I can’t just fill my list with anything and everything. I needed to be specific and realistic, and that took a bit more thinking time.

I think this is a good list for someone to complete because it helps you focus firstly on what your current goals are, but also what your long-term goals are. I must admit I did find it hard because there are so many things I would love to add to this list, that I simply wouldn’t be well enough to achieve. So that was pretty hard to accept. But, it was good in that it made me think realistically about what I can achieve.

I’ve managed to come up with quite a decent list of current and future goals and dreams. Some of them are very standard (well, for a healthy person anyway) like completing college and university, buying my own house and being financially stable. But I’ve also put quite a few more abstract goals in there too. Things like just getting through each day, continuing to fight my demons and improving my mental health are probably more important than a lot of the physical goals I have set myself.  Another goal is to buy a better wheelchair so I can be a bit more independent, because although it’s really hard, I need to start accepting that I won’t be able to do things in the same way other people might do them. No matter what your goals and dreams might be, the most important thing is that you feel happy and content with what you already have. Now I’m the first to admit I’m not brilliant at this. I am forever wishing things could be different, that my health could improve or that I was able to take up opportunities given to me, but I really am trying to learn to accept things the way they are. Because while I’m aiming for unobtainable dreams, I will never be happy with where I am right now.

What words and phrases would be on your list for this week?

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