Saturday, January 18, 2014

Day 18 - Life's goals

Occasionally, I am asked what my goals are.  Where do I want to be a few years from now?  But I don't really have answers to that. I'm not the kind of person who makes goals and works towards them.  I have a vague idea about what I want to do, and I vaguely saunter in that direction.  I do know that I want to stay happy and comfortable and fulfilled, but that's about it.

Not a sign of "A highly successful person," eh?

But recently, an uncle posted some advice on FB which made sense to me.  He said, on the topic of looking for long, medium and short term goals:

I've found the best way to do this is to draft your own obituary as you would like to see it. Make three versions, one assuming you die a year from now, second assuming you die 5 years from now and the third say for 20 years from now.

Slightly morbid, huh?  But you know what, it kind of gives a direction to my actions if I keep this in mind.

I haven't made a list or anything, but whenever I find myself spending too much time on a game, for instance, I alert myself with, "Shruthi, nobody's going to say in your obituary, "Shruthi Rao ran a million miles on Temple Run.""   Thus it helps draw me away from useless things.

It also helps to think about what people will not say about me.  For instance, right now, they'll definitely not say, "She was a highly organized, proactive individual."  And you know what, I would like that to be said about me.  And so I know I want to work towards that.

Funny, actually, considering that if there is indeed going to be an obituary, it wouldn't affect me one bit!   But still, I want this and I want that - Vanity, vanity!  Anyway, whatever works, huh? :)

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Good writing! Expanding from the germ of an idea into a blog post! Keep it up Shruti.

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