“The purpose of life is not to be happy.
It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate,
to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Earlier this month a beautiful friend, Chelsea Smith or as I knew her in college, Chelsea Swab, sent me a blogger award. It was the “You’re Going Places” award. Upon receiving it, you are supposed to say where you want to be in 10 years. Now honestly, I’ve never been about these blogger awards but this one intrigued me and made the planner in me go nuts. There really should be some sort of rehab for planners and to-do list makers like me. “Hello my name is Jaye and I plan.” To which everyone sitting in creaky metal chairs would reply, “Hello Jaye.”
My plans used to be a compilation of things to “do.” What’s odd is that although my list still has some things to do, it focuses more on what or who I want to be. People are always evolving and so, as I have learned, are to-do lists.
10 years from now, sure there are things I want to do…have a couple more marathons under my belt (hopefully from different countries), learn another language, continue to succeed in a job that I love and since I’ll be almost 35, maybe I’ll have some rugrats running around (eek), but what about who I want to be.
I want to keep learning, listening and laughing. I want to be more understanding, more compassionate. I want to keep dreaming and help others achieve their dreams. I want to encourage, challenge and love those around me better than I do now. I want to do things I’m afraid of to make me more fearless and brave. I want to struggle so that I can become a stronger person. I want to try new things and meet new people but never forget where I came from and always honor that.
Like the quote says above, I want to live well. I want my life to mean something, I want to make an impact. I want to find out what it really means to live beautifully which to me doesn’t mean that everything is perfect and in it’s place, but that I always seek to find the beauty and joy around me in places, people, things and situations so matter how messy it is on the outside.
Proverbs 31:25 “Strength and dignity are her clothing. And she smiles at the future.” I have no idea where I’ll be in 10 years, but I welcome it. Bring it on because I’m going to smile at the future no matter what it brings.
When you get a second, stop by Chelsea’s blog, The Adventures of Mrs. Smith. She has mouth-watering Menu Monday’s and I love her inspiring thoughts for the day. She is one of the sweetest people you will ever meet and I have so enjoyed reading her blog since we don’t see each other very much which I hope to remedy soon.
Some people say social networking takes away something from friendships because you aren’t sitting in front of them. I respectfully disagree. I think reading, connecting and sharing everyday makes those personal connections stronger when you do meet. You connect over similar passions, attitudes and a way of going about life than merely experiences. Another thing I hope in 10 years is to continue to connect with these fabulous people.
Where do you want to be in 10 years?
Have a great weekend everyone! I am headed to Atlanta to run the ING Half Marathon and to hang out with the family. Wish me luck!