I’m sorry that I missed Friday’s writing prompt in the March Healthy Living Blogging Challenge. I deleted two software programs that were running on my laptop because they were slowing it down, then afterwards my laptop kept crashing with the Blue Screen of Death (BSOD). I could have written the post on my iPad as I usually do, however my kids wanted to play games with my laptop, so I spent a pile of time backing up 10 yrs of family photos and documents onto an external drive so that I could attempt to do a full system recovery of the laptop. Unfortunately after my back up, the restore from recovery failed… repeatedly. I now have a laptop without any operating system (OS) on it. Boo. Technology sucks.
One of the best goal setting projects I ever completed was in a Psychology of Sport class that I took many moons ago. I was about 23 at the time and I had my left leg in a fiberglass walking cast due to a stress fracture (back then they were just starting to experiment with air casts). It was my second stress fracture that year from running. I was bummed out and felt defeated. Our class assignment was to draw a timeline of our lives and to add goals to achieve by various ages along the timeline. Our goals were to include life goals like getting married, having kids, buying a house, retiring etc, and fitness goals. We then were to visualise what achieving those goals would feel like, and what it would ”look” like. I was desperate to return to running, even though it was a sport I had recently taken up, so I set goals to run a half marathon, a marathon, qualify for Boston, complete a triathlon, and a half Ironman distance triathlon (which is now more commonly called Ironman 70.3). Qualifying for Boston was placed on my timeline at approximately my 40th year.
I’m 38 now and many of my timeline goals have been accomplished. I graduated from school, I started a career, got married, bought a house, had 3 children, etc. Oh! And I returned to running. I’ve run 13 half marathons, completed 2 full marathons, 3 sprint triathlons, and an Olympic distance triathlon.
The past 15 yrs have been BUSY!
And now it’s time to take a closer look at my goals for the next 25 years:
39.5: Qualify for Boston
40: Ironman 70.3
40.5: Travel to Boston and run the Boston Marathon
41: Read a book – cover to cover (I have a very short attention span and sadly, I just can’t concentrate on books).
42: Renovate our house, did someone say new kitchen, porch and ensuite?
45: Advance my career – sometime between now, and turning 45 I’d like to move up to a Management level position
48: Ironman ?!? (My daughters will be: 18, 16 and 13).
50: Run Disney
58: Own our house
60: Retire – according to the pension plan that I’ve been paying into for the past 10 yrs I’ll hit my 90 factor and be able to retire on a full pension at 60.
61: Read a few more books
64: Run a marathon with one of my daughters
Timeline credit: Timetoast.com
Now it’s your turn…
Are you a long term planner?
What are your goals for the next quarter century?