Fall is the time of year when the Oxford Hills School District talks with students about their aspirations and what they want to be when they grew up. Some students know instantly what they aspire to be. Some aspirations might be the typical: fireman, doctor, lawyer, or teacher. Sometimes they just aspire to be happy and there is nothing wrong with that either. Happiness in what ever you are doing in life will take you just as far as a profession.
As adults we often forget about what our aspirations in life were. We often get so tied up in what is happening in our lives and with our children that we forget about what truly makes us happy. Our jobs and families become such a focus that we put our aspirations on a back shelf. Aspirations for adults are much different than those of children. As adults were are usually in the career that we aspired to do, but our aspirations shouldn’t end there. If you entered your job in an entry-level position you may want to aspire to be a manager. Maybe your aspiration could be a weekly or monthly goal. Your aspiration could also be your “bucket list.”
Take time to think about your aspirations and write them down. When you see something in writing it will help to inspire you to put energy towards doing them. Talk about your aspirations, make a plan to do them and when you reach the goal you set for yourself, scratch that one off the list. Remember the following quote:
“Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead. –Louisa May Alcott
Saara Leduc is the Spark Start Coordinator for Healthy Oxford Hills your local Healthy Community Coalition and a project of Stephens Memorial Hospital. You can connect with her at 739-6222 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HealthyOxfordHills
Reprinted with Permission from the Advertiser Democrat