I was listening to a podcast about goals earlier in the week. One of the points made was that when we make goals we need to take into account “the season of our life”. That means wanting to get into the Olympics as a downhill skier aren’t realistic if, at age 45, you just took up the sport. As writers, age isn’t a defining factor . . . but at each age we do have certain restrictions.
A 32-year-old with a spouse and kids is going to have time restrictions that a retired 70-year-old doesn’t have. And, while the retired 70-year-old probably has an active mind and imagination, the body doesn’t have the stamina of the 32-year-old. The podcast’s underlying message was: Create goals that fit well with your season of life.
Although I’m far from the 32-year-old, much closer to the 70, I’ve been blessed with a high level of energy and stamina. For me, setting goals that fit well with the season of my life is more about finding balance than working like a whirlwind – always producing at breakneck speed. My balance comes in immersing myself in other creative pursuits that lie outside my main work:
a little poetry (I’m taking a class in a couple of weeks)
travel (not as much as I’d like)
exploring art forms
As you set about setting goals for the second half of 2015, I’d really like to hear about your season of life and how it impacts your own goals – whether about writing or life. Thank you for leaving a comment below. (And yes, I read and respond to every comment).
*Addendum: This is not to imply that the seasons of life are based on age, because they aren’t. Rather, they have more to do with what’s happening in your life at any given time. You may have two jobs and spend evenings at the gym; this makes meeting other goals more difficult, purely from a time-stance.