Recording Your Dreams
In November 2008, I was diagnosed with cancer. It was a total shock to me. There’s nothing like being smacked with your own mortality to get you thinking about life, faith, and the people who are important to you. With our 401K swirling the bowl in the crash of 2008, I started thinking what a privilege it would be to have to worry about retirement. The idea of not having a future was unimaginable. (And as you know, I have a pretty good imagination!)
I was treated with surgery and my prognosis is excellent. (Thank you, God!) But I still visit my oncologist regularly for screenings to make sure the cancer hasn’t recurred. It takes 5 years before they use the word “cure.”
I recently received a request from Melanie Bowen about guesting on my blog about dealing with cancer. Since this disease touches so many people, I agreed to host her, even though my blog is usually given over to more light-hearted fare. I was pleased to see that her post is all about goals and dreams and forward thinking. If a cancer patient needs anything, he/she needs hope and Melanie offers it. So now without further ado, here’s Melanie:
Take a step back and truly think about what do you want out of life and how can you be sure that you are going fit it all in? The truth of the matter is that there may be many things you want to do: however, unless you start planning them today, you are only holding yourself back from potentially reaching your dreams in the most efficient way possible. One of the best things that you can do for yourself is write down all of your hopes, aspirations and even emotions you need to sort out. Once you have written them down, you will have a personal and tangible reminder of what you want out of life.
If you are dealing with mesothelioma or any other autoimmune disorder, you will find that no matter what your prognosis is, you might be feeling very nervous or upset all the time. Things may feel like they are spinning out beyond your control, and one of the problems that you may be facing is that it is getting harder each day to keep track of what you are doing. The goals that you have valued for so long seem further out of your reach than ever. However, before you begin to feel like your losing control, take a moment to catch these goals and write them down.
4Therapy states that you should write down your goals and then write down a plan to how you will go about and achieve them. Think about potentially where you want the course of your life to go over the next 5-10 years. Even if it is hard to think that far ahead, force yourself to do so. Make yourself realize that you have a future and that there are things you want to do. If you are dealing with feelings of anger or resentment, this can be a difficult prospect; however, at the end of the day, it could be one of the most beneficial things you over ever done.
Remember that your goals are personal aspirations and while you can choose to make them public, you can also keep them personally to yourself. The spectrum of personal dreams can be endless Perhaps you want to go see other countries or maybe you want to write a novel. Maybe you simply want to serve your community or perhaps you would like to spend more time with your loved ones. Be as whimsical as you like in your goal planning, and write it all down.
Goals are an essential part of moving forward and getting on the right path in your life. If a diagnosis or illness has thrown you off course, remember that writing down your dreams can get you back on the right track again. Write down your dreams and your goals, whether you are doing it on paper or online, and choose the path that you have always wanted to be on.
Thanks for sharing, Melanie. I’m a huge fan of writing down goals and dreams.
If you’re dealing with a health challenge, or any type of challenge for that matter, I hope this has been helpful to you. Please feel free to share your goals with me. I love supporting people who are chasing a dream.