What is life if you don’t know where you are going? Of course, life is also about our journey that leads to the ultimate destination. But how do we know which direction to head in if we don’t know where we want to go? Until a few years ago, I had no idea where I was headed. I didn’t think I’d be running my own blog 3 years from then, I didn’t know that I was just a little more hustle away from my goals.
But as time passed, my list of goals became much longer and specific. With every single year since then, I have revised and revisited my list of goals to remind myself that working towards them is my priority and that I shouldn’t let any kind of set-back demotivate me from what I truly have my eyes on. As I was writing down my goals in my journal today, I realized how much my goals have changed with every year.
As an 18-year-old, I wanted to conquer the world and change what a lot of people felt about my choice of career. I wanted to be the best of the best, the crème de la crème. Luckily for me, I still want to be nothing but the best. I realize that it’s not exactly easy, but I make it a point to constantly learn and unlearn so I can grow into the best version of myself.
As a 19-year-old, I had my heart set on writing a book. But it never worked out because I was busy with college. Somewhere before I turned 19, I started this blog and I have been at it ever since. It’s been such a pleasure to watch this blog grow into something that a lot of you readers love. I have gotten nothing but positivity from you all, right from the first day and I am so grateful for that. But, a book is on the way and I can’t really reveal anything right now, but I have my fingers crossed!
At 20, all I wanted to do was work to get through my final year at college with great grades and this blog took a hit because of my inconsistency. It took me a long while to do some damage-control and I am glad that it is now doing better than it ever was. Then somewhere after graduation, I decided that I didn’t want to do a Master’s program because I wanted to focus on my career and mental health and that worked out very well for me. So I guess that’s one thing I could cross off my list of goals.
At 21, it came to a full circle and I slowly started convincing myself to make art my priority. 21 was so eventful! I got so much done, I am almost scared to look forward to 22 now. I monetized my blog, I discovered my passion for visual stories, I actually started working on a book, reconnected with a few old friends, and took out my sketchbook again. I started loving myself more, and even though I have bad days, I have never been better at this whole life thing.
And as I approach 22, which happens to be in a matter of a few days, my list of goals is probably going to be revised again. But, whatever changes or additions I make to my list of goals, I know for a fact that where I want to be in life is somewhere I can be at peace with myself, and still be able to practice my art. Like I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I am at my best when I am surrounded by creativity, and that is my ultimate goal: to keep creating art that actually matters and makes a difference.
Anything and everything else, like speaking at TEDx, or being a successful writer, or having a bunch of youngsters look up to me someday the way I look up to my favourite writers, or just, you know, being right on top of my to-do list, can wait. As I approach 22, my only goal is to stay true to myself, no matter how many of my other goals I achieve because, in the end, I think that it is what matters the most.
What are your goals in life? Dig deep. Grab a notebook and make a list, no matter the length, to remind yourself to hustle harder. You can do this! You just need to believe that you can.
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