Do you regularly take time to sit down and reflect on your life? What are your priorities? What makes you laugh? What are the best parts of your life right now? We should all set aside time to evaluate our lives and determine what our current goals and plans should be. Things change over time. If you don’t regularly evaluate where you are and where you want to be, you may find out that you are headed in a direction that you no longer want to go.
Yesterday I celebrated my 25th birthday. I should be good at it because I have been celebrating my 25th birthday for 20 years (I just refuse to admit that I am getting old!) Recently, I sat down and thought about how my life has changed since my first 25th birthday. When I originally turned 25, I was 7 months pregnant with our first child. The process of motherhood was exciting, but terrifying. Living close to The Ohio State University, we were just starting to follow Buckeye football. We were dreaming about having a bigger house, nicer cars and a more extravagant lifestyle. Date nights consisted of movies in the dollar theater. We ate easy, convenient food and thought that people who shopped at Whole Food Stores were crazy tree-huggers. My favorite food was anything with the word chocolate in it.
Things have changed quite a bit in the last 20 years. We are now fast approaching the empty nest; Derek is on his own and married, Brittany is enjoying her senior year of high school, planning for college next year and Hunter is already a high school sophomore. Just when we start feeling comfortable with this parenting thing and the kids get mature enough so we have meaningful relationships with them, they leave – what’s up with that? We now bleed scarlet and gray, fly an Ohio State flag regardless of what state we live in and plan our Saturdays around watching the football game. We have realized that, although we enjoy nice things, living a meaningful life is more important than having a certain lifestyle. Bret and I have a standing date almost every Saturday morning; we go out to breakfast and then go grocery shopping together. We plan our meals around protein / carb ratios and try to eat whole food 90% of the time. Although I still like chocolate, I rarely eat it; my favorite foods include granola, avocados and skyr (Icelandic yogurt).
I am sure that, had you described my current life to me 20 years ago, I would have thought it was horrifically boring. I would not have dreamed that grocery shopping with my husband would be one of the highlights of my week. Things have changed and, over time, I have started to see life from a different viewpoint. But if I had never taken the time to evaluate my goals, I would be on a path that no longer brings satisfaction. I need to regularly review my goals and plans to make sure they fit my current life.
Do you have regular times of reflection to evaluate your life? If not, why not set aside some time this weekend to do just that? Are you enjoying your life and the daily routines? Are you making intentional choices about what you do, eat and focus on? Why not share what you do to create an active life plan below? I would be happy to hear from you!