How’s it going? Last post, I told you about Joe, a cousin of mine and Navy vet whose memorial I went to over the weekend.
I’d like to follow up on that today…
I forgot one of the most important sets of details in my last post.
Here it is…
Joe was 69 years old, and died from cancer…
About two weeks or so after being diagnosed.
It’s sad, and I don’t pretend to know the answer to these things. I do know that about 8 months before, Joe told us he had had trouble seeing and maybe hearing a bit–he had hearing aids. Dad told him not to worry, and that he had another 20 years in him, and he basically said he hoped not.
I don’t know why. Maybe he was in pain, or something else.
Which got me thinking…
What’s my point? Do I want to be a self-righteous, middle-aged punk and talk about nutrition or fitness or anything else like that? No. No, I don’t.
I said I don’t pretend to know why these things happen, and I really mean that.
Is this about setting goals? To a certain extent, it is.
You should set goals. Work toward them. Help people. Have fun. Write. Market. And most important of all (and a lesson it took me years to learn), be you.
No matter where you are or what you’re working through (or on), only you can deal with your goals, issues, or what-have-ya in your way.
Which means no one else can come up with your solution(s). (There are fairly common problems–like clogged toilets, dirty dishes, and more. But hey, people have come up with innovative solutions to common problems too–which is why the pipe coming out of every toilet’s base is bent, and not straight).
But I want this post to be more than that. Goals give you a focus, but without determination, goals are nothing more than ink on paper (another lesson I’ve had to learn, and keep learning).
People get comfortable–I’m one of them, I’m not gonna lie to you. One day, you’re exploring a new career path, or set of skills, and the next year, you realize it’s become your life. It’s not good or bad–I (and you) should be able to discern what’s happening, to the best of our ability, while it’s happening.
That’s what taking stock/inventory of your life and goals helps with. That was always a hard, dry pill for me because there were a lot of times I didn’t like the answers I’d found.
But I can still change them. As long as this journey we call life is still going on, I can change those answers, or work toward better solutions.
So can you. For your life, your characters/settings/plots, and your clients’ businesses (if you write emails, sales letters, or what-have-ya).
See where you are, where you want to go, and then draw your line (or lines).
Until next time,