Have you accomplished your life goals?
Recently, I rummaged through a dusty old cardboard box marked “personal” looking for a couple of family obituaries I cut out of the newspaper years ago. I wanted to add the obituary information to my online family tree. In that old beat up box I found a faded, thin, pink booklet titled My Wonderful Mama written by my daughter as a young girl. Inside the laminated, construction paper cover was near perfect printing in pencil on lined notebook paper.
The story told in this booklet began with a biography of me, followed by my “most outstanding memories (from) school” which included winning a number one rating in girls glee and in full choir at a state-wide competition. It included my worst school subject (geometry) and my favorite (social studies).
The handwritten page in that little brad-bound booklet which struck me the most was the page she wrote about my “many goals as an adult.” My daughter wrote, “They are:
- To make the world a better place for kids.
- To advocate for kids.
- To hold public office.
- To improve public education.
- To get a college degree.
- Have a family and be a great mama.
- To be a great gardener.
- To have a kid.
- To be on a board of a non-profit organization.”
There they were, my life goals from my 20’s, staring up at me from the page.