I was browsing Facebook this afternoon and I came across this ...
And it reminded me of a time when I was dancing overseas and somebody asked me what my goal in life was. I remember telling them that I had reached every goal I had dared to dream this far but that my next big goal was to get married, have a family and live happily ever after. I'm sure I could have been happy without the marriage and the family. On a different path, doing different things - sometimes I even daydream of what my life may have been like had I made different choices - but, for some reason, it all went hand in hand for me.
And I remember as clear as day them telling me that was not a goal. Why? I had questioned. Why was it that they felt this wasn't a goal? Something to strive for. To be proud of when I achieved it. Did they not believe that goals could be anything our hearts desire? I'm still not sure why they said it. Even though I defended my right to have such a goal at the time, I don't think we ever came to an agreement. Except to maybe disagree.
I now know that goal will always be one that is a work in progress. Not to achieve but to sustain. But I still look at the family my husband and I have created and I am happy! And so very, very lucky.
And as the years go on, the lesson gets stronger. Love and Happiness make for a very good life.