It’s that time when everyone starts thinking about what happened over the past year and what they want to happen in the next. 2014. Wow. For me, 2013 seemed to fly by. It was the year I turned 30 and one minute it was my birthday in March, the next Christmas. Looking through an old notebook, I found a poem I had written and it fits perfectly my thoughts as we start the New Year:
You’ll be happy when
You’ll be happy when …
You look perfect
You meet The One
You have a baby
You get a new job
You make more money
You find new friends
You reach your goals
Your dreams come true
But what will you be until then?…
The problem will setting goals and making resolutions for a New Year is that you are listing things you need to happen to be happy. We get so caught up with milestones, thinking about the things we’re supposed to do and achieve in life that we can miss actually enjoying how our lives are right now.
Perhaps it was turning thirty but in 2013 I was guilty of thinking about all the things I still have left to do / achieve in my life and looking at people who have done those things already and feeling less than them somehow. So I don’t want to make a list of goals this year. I still have goals and will do my best to achieve them but I’d like to make sure I live in the moment too and be happy with things the way they are now and not wait for a future time when my to-do list has been all ticked off to be truly happy.
I don’t know if being happy is a worthy resolution for 2014 but it’s one I’d like to think about as the New Year begins. You really don’t know what’s around the corner so making the most of now is something that I’d like to do more of. To appreciate the moments more. To live in the present more. To just enjoy 2014 and whatever it may bring my way.
Do you ever let your goals get the way of you just being happy?