Our fourth grade teacher once told us to shoot for the stars. While some of us found this to be an unusual task because we took it literally, something told me that there would be many challenges in life. I have kept this in the back of my mind every time I take on a new project or want to achieve a new goal in my life.
Carl Jung said, “When goals go, meaning goes, when purpose goes, life goes dead on our hands.” Like the expression shoot for the stars this quote has also stayed with me for many years. I now know what the true meaning is for me specifically.
I still have many goals. Everyday when I wake up I think about the things I would like to do. I have a bucket list that certainly shoots for the stars. It is very ambitious. I wonder however why I waited so long to do the things I truly love and why I allowed myself to be detoured to other endeavors. I suppose this happens to many of us because after all, live happens in the meantime. I think about my purpose and what I have accomplished. Some days I believe I have fulfilled my purpose? I do not feel that “life goes dead in my hands” but I do feel I still have a ways to go to fulfill my purpose. Sometimes I think I know what my true purpose is and other times I wonder where it went.
Seneca, the great Roman poet said, “As long as you live, keep learning how to live.” I think this is the key. We have to know what star to shoot for first of all. We must learn the right strategy to use. We must embrace the moment and the present and be grateful for our experiences. Experience is learning. We must understand that what we do counts and matters. Shoot for the stars every minute you can.