After the life imagined?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERARecently 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. 

After a 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?

Life Imagined


“…if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endevours to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours… In proportion as he simplifies his life, the laws of the universe will appear less complex…” –Henry David Thoreau

Thoreau reminds us that not only must we imagine a future worth living, imaging is not enough.  One must work for it.  To imagine a life and go to it confidently.  The imagined portion of the quote has become cliché in our society.  Yet for some of us, myself included, the full idea presented by Thoreau has become a guiding philosophy to living our days on Earth.

While this blog is not a study on Thoreau, it is a reflection of this quote.  The main points being:

  • imagining the life one wants to live,
  • taking action to realize that imagined life and
  • simplifying life to that which matters most



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