Recently I fulfilled several lifelong dreams. One of which was a financial goal. As I looked at the balance in my accounts and realized I had met that once far off number, I wondered what now?
I began to search online for words of wisdom from someone who had been in my seat before. Search after search led me nowhere relative to where I found myself. It seems everyone talks about how to set and reach goals but few talk about the after effect. The after effect is what I have termed the feeling after one reaches a long term goal. I felt as if nothing had changed. I felt as if I should be elated or excited or somehow different. Afterall, I had spent more than a decade trying to get here.
good decent nights sleep (I am a mom of two toddlers afterall) I realized something critical. Living the life I have imagined means continual adjustment of my goals/dreams/reality as I grow and change throughout life. This is why I feel no different than a year ago regarding this life goal. I have continually adjusted my thoughts, dreams and expectations every moment of my life. This goal was met gradually and unlike a sudden lottery win, I still have goals I need to meet before major life changes will take place.
In the end I think one can never reach the life imagined. For I will continue to imagine. I have simply realized one small piece of the picture.
How about you? Have you experienced the after effect of meeting a long term life goal/dream? Have you heard another term that describes this feeling?