What do you want to be when you grow up?
What do you want to accomplish in your life?
Where do you see yourself in 5, 10, 20, a million years?
When I’m asked these questions or questions like these, I have no idea how to answer. I am jealous of the people that do have answers to these because they are working towards something. I’m not saying that their answers can’t, don’t, or won’t change, but it gives them a little bit of guidance on what they will do next.
I mean sure, I definitely want to be financially stable and healthy. I want to have traveled to different places around the world. I don’t have grandiose “vision boards” or things that I feel like I have to do. So, what do I want to achieve by the time I’m 50? I don’t know. But, the question I do have an answer to is:
How do I want to live my life?
In other words, on an everyday basis, what motivates everything that I do? How do I want to carry myself? And my answer to this question is also a goal of sorts because I honestly, don’t follow this all the time.
Truth be told, my answer derives from the 2015 Cinderella movie. Ella’s mother, who is about to pass away, gives her daughter some final words of advice:
I want to tell you a secret. A great secret that will see you through all the trials that life can offer. …
Have courage and be kind.
I remember when I first watched this movie, I didn’t get it. I can’t remember why I didn’t. Maybe because my definition of “courage” was limited to defeating villains or slaying monsters. But, the advice seems so obvious to me now.
Every day, I want to:
This is a phrase that has become a reminder to me, especially during tough or uncertain times of my life. Always be kind, have courage, and practice gratitude.
In my upcoming blog posts, I’m going to dive into each part of this phrase. But in the meantime, I pose the question: How do you want to live your life?
Over and out.