by Travis Richardson
This was a question posed at the end of a yoga class taught by Joan Moran a couple of weeks ago. She told us to think about it and write them down. Usually I jet out of the class as soon as it is over, heading for the restroom to change and get back to work, thinking more about food than the class. (The classes happen during my lunch break on Tuesdays and Thursdays.) But something about that request stuck in my head and I made a list as soon as I sat down at my desk. I’ve heard similar questions asked about what one wants to do with their life or what do you see written on your tombstone, etc. And there are the goal setting questions too: where do you want to be in a year/month/week from now? Hearing the word sixty for some reason struck me as more concrete than the other abstract timelines. Perhaps because a “year from now” is fluid, always moving forward as now passes into tomorrow and the next day. Sixty is a solid number that is immobile, even though we move towards it, picking up speed, and then pass it, leaving it behind. I’ve still got nineteen years to go, but for some reason it seems so much closer than how I looked at thirty when I was twenty-five. The instructor is over sixty herself, though the majority of the class is not. I missed the next couple of classes due to work, so I’m not sure if she ever concluded her point. I think it’s safe to say it that it was about defining and then following through on your goals. Sixty was the number she used, but if you’ve passed that mark that doesn’t mean you can’t use seventy or eighty as a mark to achieve new things.
Here are my ten:
- Make people think, see things differently.
- Sell enough books to make a living off of it.
- Have a family.
- Make a positive impact in the world.
- Financial independence.
- Hike in the Andes.
- Have books translated into foreign languages.
- See more places (countries and US cities).
- Write bestsellers.
- Win a prestigious writing award.
So those are mine, what are yours?
You can find out more about Travis at: http://tsrichardson.com
His book about a disgraced steroid using ex-baseball player, Keeping The Record, is out now.
Lost in Clover is the coming of age story set in a small town in Kansas.
He also reviews an Anton Chekhov short story daily at chekhovshorts.com