Sunday, February 21, 2010

The next 10 years

What would you do if you were told that you had 10 years to live?

10 years seems like a lot. It's not.

I guess if you're 90, then 10 more years would be awesome.

But what would you do if you were told your spouse had 10 years to live?

Would you tell him/her to go out and live every dream they ever had?

Would you go out and live your own dreams?

Would you change anything, or just keep living your life, happy with the way it is?

I sat pondering these questions yesterday.

And I thought, why would anyone wait to hear that they were dying to really go after their dreams, to live the life that they wanted?

Why would anyone wait to hear their spouse was dying to encourage them to do the same?

Why would anyone wait to improve themselves, to increase in spirituality, to be a better parent or spouse or friend?

But we tend to do this. To move through life as if we have all the time in the world.

So I have new goals, as if I only have 10 years left :

~To read Book of Mormon and the Bible by the end of the year.

~To lose the rest of the "baby" weight this year so that I have the energy and strength to enjoy my children over the next 10 years.

~To run a half marathon.

~To climb Mount Si.

~To take my family to Europe.

~To learn how to swim.

~To write a book.

~To not swear under my breath when I stub my toe, or bonk my head.

~To be able to do at least one pullup.

That's good for starters. I don't have huge goals or aspirations, and that's ok. That's not the point. The size of the goal isn't nearly as important as the significance it holds for you.

I just want to live better. To be better. To be ready spiritually, physically and emotionally for whatever may come.

Try it. You will like it.

You'll see.


  1. Good for you! Those sound like great goals and I really like what you said about the size of the goal not being as important as it's significance to you...beautifully written!

  2. I like this post. I've lost a few close family members in the past few months and one of the things I've learned is that you have to live your life like there's no tomorrows. I don't want to find out that I've wasted time and love because I thought I had more time.

  3. I think my favorite one might be the last one. Or learn to swim - not sure. Sweet though. My goals are much shorter these days. Like go all day without wanting to harm one of my day at a time. (just kidding, but we are on a day to day basis of survival right now. Are you guys coming or WHAT?!)

  4. Wow this post really hit something in me. It would be quite something to only have that short amount of time. I would really have to think what I would want to do. I love your list its simple and doable! Good luck on full filling it:)Thanks for the sweet words on my post. I cant imagine not liking your sisters they are the best!


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