Don’t Be a Feather!
Are you ready to take control?
With the dawn of the New Year upon us it is about time to prepare our list. A lot of people would think of it as a wish list, but that is not the list referred to here.
Most of us perceive a New Year as a new beginning, but have we measured our achievements and successes through the past year? Did we stop with ourselves for a moment to evaluate what we learned through the previous year? Have we asked ourselves if we achieved the goals we set for ourselves at the beginning of the former year?
Albert Einstein once said, “If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal not to people or things.” How miserable are you if you tie your life to things or to people? Unfortunately, they don’t define who you are, but your goals do. Your goals are your thoughts; they are as unique as you are. When you have goals you have reasons to live, and challenges to pursue.. Your goals belong only to you and define your identity.
I remember the first time I watched “Forrest Gump”, one of Tom Hank’s best movies; the first scene took viewers in a journey with a feather. The feather was carried away by the wind to heights up above and knocked down. I recall telling my friends, “This feather is Forrest Gump himself. ” When we have no goals, we become feathers carried by the wind with no control over our destiny.
Do you want to be a feather? I believe that the answer is ‘NO’. None of us wants to be a feather. None of us wants to leave our lives at the mercy of the wind to raise it up and stumble it down. So, have some goals and take control of your life.
As Benjamin Mays once said, “The tragedy of life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goals. The tragedy lies in having no goals to reach.” Having goals gives your life a meaning. You develop a more positive outlook towards life. Goals will be the path that will lead you to become ‘the best version of yourself’.
In ‘The Alchemist’ by Paulo Coehlo, the author shows his belief in what he calls ‘personal legend’. I myself call it ‘personal mission’. It’s simply why you were brought to this world. You were brought here for a reason. You have something unique to offer to the universe, and it’s only you who can offer this thing. Having goals will help you in your journey to achieve your ‘personal mission.’ They will help you make a difference.
So, are you ready with the bucket list for the New Year or not yet? Are you ready to take control of your life or are you going to leave everything for chances? The choice is always yours.
Doaa Aly is a talented teacher with over 10 years of experience in teaching English. She has advanced communication skills which she acquired over the years of working in a multicultural environment. Doaa has positive attitude towards education. She shares her passion for writing by communicating her ideas through informative blogs.