I was recently challenged to write out a vision statement for myself- similar to something a business or organization might do to clarify their goals and objectives for the future. I have recently felt like I have no idea exactly where my life is taking me, and I’ve been OK with that. I’ve been trusting that God has a plan that I may never understand and knowing He has a plan for me has been enough to keep me working for a better life. So here goes my shot at a personal vision statement for my life.
I want to live a life that allows me to experience a range of emotions, with a primary goal of having more joy than sadness and more love than hate in my life. I plan to do this by focusing on 4 key areas of value in my life.
1) Growing my faith in God and my compassion towards other people. I hope to be the kind of person who will serve God with my actions and to help other people have a positive experience when they meet and interact with me. I want to bring joy to the hearts of other people and I want them to know that this joy comes from God.
2) Motherhood. My greatest challenge and my most rewarding aspect of my life is being a mom to my 2 children. While I have told people I may never know how their life turns out and if I’m successful at parenting, I hope to raise them in a way that equips them to make good, rational decisions when they’re adults. I also hope they will be considerate, kind people who themselves leave the world a better place with more joy.
3) Professional goals. I hope to never become complacent in my career. I hope to continue to grow and push my boundaries for success. I have come a long way, but I also know I’m capable of going farther as long as I never become stagnent in any given role. So I will push myself to learn and stay creative and constantly want more from myself in my career.
4) Personal Relationships. I have so much love for the people in my life. I hope that I leave each interraction with my friends and family giving them the feeling of joy and happiness. I want to continue to make memories and have experiences with people that will last beyond my lifetime. When people think about me and remember me, I want them to remember how I made them feel and I hope that those feelings are of love, compassion, and understanding. I will continue to challenge myself to be a better friend and family member to help other people have a more positive experience.
And to extend this thought, I have recently met someone who has challenged my thoughts about romantic relationships and he probably doesn’t even know it. I thought I would never have feelings for a man again, or that it would at least be a few years before I felt anything. And here I sit. I have no idea if he has any interest in me romantically because I don’t know how to tell or ask. But I can tell you that the feelings I’ve had have made me realize I am open to the idea more than I thought. I didn’t think I would meet a man that I felt comfortable pouring my soul out to or that I’d ever get butterflies just by thinking about him. I never thought I would lose sleep because I couldn’t get a man out of my head or that I would lose my appetite because of the stupid butterflies filling my stomach to it’s capacity. I didn’t know these feelings were possible and now that I know they are, I will be open to whatever experience is ahead of me.