Goals are a funny thing, aren't they? Goal-oriented humans such as myself can be driven to the point of madness. We spend our whole lives always with a list of goals, which we may or may not meet. If we meet the first set, we make even more goals. We make a second set, a third set, a fourth, and so on. But if at any point we don't meet them, we end up in a state of shock and depression.
This morning I've found myself feeling the need to make a new goal list. I've learned the lesson by now that you cannot map out life. You think you know it's going to go one way, and then it blindsides you by going another. You can't predict it. All you can do is try new things and see if any of them stick.
From what I've concluded (so far), the purpose of our lives is to love one another and to create art and beauty and be kind to one another. How you go about that is different for everyone. We all have a variety of unique skills which we may or may not cultivate in this lifetime. One of the skills I've been told I have is writing. I've written a countless number of stories in my life, some unpublished, but many published. These tales range in length from short stories to novelettes to novels, published with a wide variety of publishers, in many genres, under a handful of pseudonyms.
Cool. So I've got that. And I'm delving into the whole "Indie pubbing" thing with the angel trilogy, which is in the works. But what to do in the meantime?
I'm always going to be a writer. I know this like I know the sun's going to rise tomorrow morning. But what else is lying there dormant just under the surface of my skin, just waiting to be released? What new goals can I set, not only to challenge myself to grow as a human, but to explore any undiscovered talent I may have, that might help me in my life's purpose to create art, love people, and spread kindness?
Here are a few I've come up with so far:
1) Delve into de-cluttering and learn more about Feng Shui. I don't know if this will turn into some multi-million-dollar enterprise, but hell, I might be able to help people like my poor clutter-brained dad re-do his old house and turn it into something really groovy-looking!
2) Trot into a retirement home and see if they can use me as a volunteer. I have a couple friends who are scared shitless of going to the old folks home. They don't want to encounter any of the elderly who have lost their minds. But to me, someone who used to do this as a child with her mother, I see elderly humans as possible founts of knowledge and wisdom. And some of them are so lonely up there without any family visiting...I might be able to do something really kind there.
3) Study more art and art history. I think the great artists in this world, be they painters, musicians, or actors, truly have something to say, and that's why their art is timeless and resonates. I want to study more ART, and push out all the pop-culture nonsense that bombards my brain at every corner. Instead of reality shows, I want to watch the classic, groundbreaking movies I haven't seen yet. Instead of digesting whatever songs the latest stars are cranking out, I want to study the iconic musicians of history. And so on.
Who knows what'll happen? I sure don't. We can create all the goals, all the maps for life, that we want, but sometimes they're stripped away from us by a giant gust of wind, and we find ourselves wandering aimlessly again for a while. But the stars do eventually come out. We catch that glimpse of light that serves as a guide again. And we follow a new direction. The important thing is to stay open-minded. And love one another. All goals eventually fade away in the end. To-do lists become obsolete. And what you're left with is who you loved, who loved you, and how you treated the world around you...
But in the meantime, it's fun trying new things.