I have a list of random 'life goals' that I've already started accomplishing. The list includes things like: Have a margarita on a beach in Mexico, snowboard in the Swiss Alps, hail a cab in NYC etc.
My number one goal is to serve God in everything I do. I realize that in living for myself, I come up empty inside. But when I seek to praise God in everything I do, I am filled with genuine joy. He's my goal, so to say.
"Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us." Hebrews 12:1
I accidentally found this forum because I'm trying hard to answer the same question 'What's the goal of my life'. Even we are from different part of the world, this problem is so common. Tingo, I've passed the stage of working for same work 7 years, keep learning new thing but still boring it. I travel a lot also. I found that it was good to be myself with out any control or stress from working environment. What I did is just working, save some money for travelling and then spend it. Anyway, happy time is not lasting. Finally, I think we must find an answer for our own goal. I try to imagine myself at 60-70. What experience that I'd be happy to memorise, to look back and to enjoy those moment. I hope I get an answer soon. Good luck to you too.
If you want to experience some adventure, you may visit my country.
Can completely understand what you are saying. I was also working in an IT type of job and hating every minute of it, feeling that I wasn't actually making a positive difference to anything - other than my bosses wallet!
So I quit and now I am travelling in a few months - to have fun, but also to try and work out what I want to do. You are right - Uni gives you a focus but how do people seem to find these amazing jobs they love???!!!
Everyone I know is looking for an escape out!
Good luck to you!
i guess i have many goals in life. to be a better person, to give back to this wonderful earth that we have. to have children and nurture them and give them a great sense of self worth and love of life.
right now i have been working as a journalist for almost 12 years. i feel burnt out. i don't get enough vacation time so i have to mix it up every year. this year i am going to norway, to portland, oregon, for my sista's med school graduation and then to new zealand for the third time with the aforementioned sister. i want to see more of the world before it's completely destroyed and before i die. who knows which one will be sooner. there are no guarantees in life and i could go anytime and there is still so much to do. i want to skydive, climb mt. everest, see antarctica, etc.
it just gets harder as you get older...that and you become more cynical
Argh, fustrations in life, gotta luv 'em! My goal has been to be a journalist for a while, but now having just graduated from a journalism program in university, my goal is looking harder to attain. The English Montreal broadcast media is very limited, and after interning at a few places I've just started to apply all over Canada. Hopefully, I will get something. I have such a love for radio and would love to do it as a career, and not being able to in my hometown in very disheartening.
However, this has made me re-evaluate my career choices and life goals, and has made be realise that I want to travel in my career, so applying across Canada isn't so bad. It'll let me see some of the smaller towns that I wouldn't have been able to see, or thought of seeing, while doing something I really care about.
I know I'm a traveller at heart, and one of my non-career-oriented goals is to travel as much as I can in life. I want to go backbacking again, maybe sell some travel pieces to a travel magazine (gotta love the integration of career and vacations! ) If I can't get anything soon, I'm just gonna pack up and go and see where life takes me....
Oh geez! And of course...I want to be happy
I've really enjoyed reading everyone's comments. So many of your thoughts echo in my life, so I'd just like to say one big "ditto" as opposed to repeating what so many of you have worded better than I could have. I would like to say that it's just within the past 5 yrs that I started traveling. The first trip that really affected me was going to the UK after college graduation. Part of the trip I was with a friend, the other part I was on my own. The trip was a turning point in my life. It's so true for me that the more I travel, the more I want it. It's a struggle to sit in an office 9 hours each day. That's the only bad thing that came out of my trip to the UK- If I had never made that trip, I never would have known all that I'm missing. So... now that I DO know what I'm missing, it kills me to "play the grown up"... have a stable full-time job, apartment, etc. etc. I do plan on jumping back into my travels, however. I need to do it soon. Because one day I hope to have a family, children, house, etc.
P.S. I am always looking for my goal in life... I guess one day I will stumble across it.
Yeah, sometimes I regret to have been travelling. If I would never have experienced travelling, I would probably be happy with the life I have now like most people...working for a company from 9 to five. Then I wouldn't be thinking everyday "I wish I was there enjoying the beauty of nature instead of sitting in front of this stupid machine ".
I don't know how long I will stand this shit, but I know some day I will leave again. However some day I would also like to have a family and children and for that you need to work also ofcourse!
Tingo, Can I just say your last comment of not knowing how much longer you can stand this shit made me laugh. I sympathize with you I really do, one thing worth remembering is that the are thousands of people who have the same situation going on in their heads, you're not alone! As I speak I am at my desk bored to tears with this poxy job I have, one thing I am very grateful for is the travelling I have done, and the fact that me, and yourself, have the option of doing something about it. Goal in life, means different things for different people, and one thing I learnt, posting that subject on any travel forum will confuse you even more. Like I said, we should be pleased we have the option of travelling and experiencing different things in life, some people do not earn enough to buy food, let alone contemplate escaping through means of travel, study etc. I do not want to sound patronising to you, but be grateful with what you have, and if you have had enough of your job, living with your parents, make the change and do something about it. I have recently come back from Australia, third time I have backpacked for over a year, and I really thought that I would settle down. Three months home and I've finished with this 'ideal life' of steady job, nice house nice car. I am not happy at the moment, liek you, I am when I am travelling, answer, more travel for me.
Yes you are right, goal in life means different things for different people. For the moment I just don't know what my goal in life is. I suppose I need some time to find out what it is, no hurry!
I am very grateful with what I have, and I know that many people are in a worse situation then me. But if what you have doesn't make you happy you have to look for something else like you said.
I know that travelling makes me happy, but only travelling is just not an option, it's not really realistic. One has to work to be able to travel... Maybe I should try to find another job, but that's not such an easy decision to make. Everybody around me is telling me I am so lucky with such a good job. I really would like to be happy with this job, like all the other people working here, but I'm not!... Maybe I just think too much all about this stuff.
Anyway, in will be able to go to Chicago for my work in August, for two weeks. And also I'll be on another project very soon, maybe that will be more interesting work. This is for the moment what keeps me doing this job... Also it's not so easy to find a job, so changing careers is not a decision you take from one day to another.
Anyway, I suppose the future will make things more clear!