October 20, 2002
Welcome to Wyndspirit Dreams! ďWhat would you change if you knew you only had one year to live?Ē Youíve probably heard that question before. The object of it, of course, is to make you take stock of your priorities and adjust them as necessary. I would like to be able to say, I would quit my job and spend more time with my family and do lots and lots of writing. However, Iím too practical. If I knew I had only one year to live, most likely I would have some illness requiring horribly expensive treatment. I would have to keep working as long as possible to keep my insurance and pay expenses that werenít covered. As I got worse, I would probably end up doing nothing but working and sleeping till I was too ill to work at all. So, this is not a question I want to ask myself!
However, when I was browsing in Barnes and Noble last weekend, I ran across a very interesting book. Unfortunately, I donít remember what it was called, so I canít properly credit it right now, but I have a feeling Iíll be going back there to take another look at it. The book is geared towards women, and the premise is that you deserve to take a year for yourself to pursue a dream. The book is realistic. Basically, it helps you find ways to accomplish your goals while working around your other commitments, such as work and family.
All right. So I donít want to think about what it would be like if I only had a year to live. What if I gave myself a year to put myself first, to give myself a chance at chasing my dreams? Could I do it? Could I dare try? I know, Iím single and my family obligations are minimal, but itís still so easy to let work take over my life even when it doesnít need to. I should be able to keep up with my work and family and still have all kinds of time to work towards whatever dream I chose to pursue. It should be just a matter of priorities, and focusing on whatís most important. The problem is, Iím not good at that. I spend way too much time trying to do everything, whether I enjoy it or not. I need to let go and focus on the things I want to do, the things Iím good at, instead of trying to do everything for everybody. I need to learn to put up with some things I donít like because I donít have the ability to fix them, and, instead of struggling with them, spend that time and energy working on something I enjoy and am good at. Priorities, folks, always priorities.
about you? If you decided to give yourself one year to accomplish a dream
of yours, what would you change? Gets you thinking, doesnít it?