While having a conversation with my good friend the other day, I realized that I didn't have a solid, clear concept of what I want my life to look like (let's call it my Lifeview). I have ideas of what I'd like to see going on in my life but I've never taken the time to write anything down or really think about it in depth. And it's funny because it seems fairly obvious that this is something I should have done. But honestly, after I gave up my childhood idea of going to an Ivy League school, becoming a doctor (after graduating at the top of my class), getting married to someone equally as successful, buying a large house in the 'burbs, driving my Volvo, and having four kids (two boys and two girls). My priorities and worldview have changed so drastically since then but I never amended my Lifeview. Well, now is an excellent time to do it. I'm 28, a stay-at-home mom with two young children, and an aspiring writer. Sometimes it feels like I'm just going through the motions instead of working toward a tangible goal. In terms of my personal happiness, even though I'm still not ready to start my own happiness project, I think outlining my Lifeview would be a big step towards maintaining and expanding my happiness. I could identify small steps I could take to make my Lifeview my actual life. My same friend who I was talking to had a beautiful outline that she drew up some time ago and I thought vaguely that I should do something like that. Now I know I need to be a little more disciplined and get it done. Often when I feel discontented, I get the sense that it's because my real life is not matching up to the life I want. So I need to get it really clear in my mind: what is the life I want? I know that one's Lifeview is something that evolves and changes over time and it should as one matures and develops. If nothing else, capturing my current Lifeview in some way, shape or form could serve as a concrete way of tracking my personal growth.
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