What do I want? No, but what do I really want? That’s a question that often goes in parallel with “What is the meaning of life?”. Find an answer to the first question and you will have a path to the second one.
Reminder to myself
Way too often life gets so busy that we all end up running around, catching up on various deadlines and running errands that there is no time to ask ‘What do I want?’. And then the main goal of life becomes this never-ending attempt to catch up on the To Do list.
However, when busy-ness in your life reaches its peak, that’s the exact time when you have to ask yourself ‘So what do I want in life?’.
Recently I had to spend 7 long hours in the airport in Doha, waiting for my flight back to Perth (full vlog on that particular trip is on my YouTube Channel; sorry – it is in Lithuanian only!). I decided to use this waiting time productively and spent it pondering the ‘What do I want?’ question. Given that my life has been very intense this year (well, in 2018 as well…), I decided that it is about time to remind myself “What do I want” and shape my Q4 goals for 2019 based on this reminder.
So…. What do I want?
I want a life that is more than average. I want to exceed, to be proud of myself, my life and my achievements. I want to inspire others by what I do and how I do it.
I want to be a role model. I want to be a mentor to someone who needs it. I had 3 amazing mentors in my life so far and their contribution to my development was, and still is, immeasurable.
I want to be surrounded by people who inspire me, from whom I can learn and with who I can grow as a person. The environment has such a big impact on us and we have to choose it, or to create it, wisely.
I want to be fit and healthy. Health, in general, is an interesting phenomenon. We tend to forget about the importance of it while all is good and to remember it only when something goes wrong.
I want to do well in research and my academic work. No, not well. I want to perform at an excellent standard. Conducting and publishing research allows me to contribute to the creation of knowledge in the world and being part of it and, well, that’s magical.
I want to be remembered. I want to create a business or a project that contributes to society in some way. I want to leave in the world my share of ‘making the world a better place’.
I want not to worry about people who do not care or do not deserve me and my time. It’s their loss. I want to focus my attention on my family and people I love.
I want to keep surprising my parents. They put so much effort and energy in raising me well and I want to pay back by making them proud and showing them the world. Mum, Dad – come to Australia, will you?
I want to help people in need. I want to be strong for those who can’t. There are a lot of people who were there for me when I needed support and I do want to pay back in kind to them and to others who might not be as lucky to be surrounded by such an amazing bunch of people as I do.
I want to travel, to experience new things, and to meet people from all around the world. I want to challenge myself with things that are difficult to achieve. Setting a high bar helps us to develop as individuals, to grow physically, intellectually and spiritually.
I want to continue learning – that’s my ikigai (Google what that is, if you haven’t come across this before!) – that’s why I get out of the bed every morning.
In summary, I want to achieve and inspire, love and be loved, and ultimately, reach for happiness on a bigger scale.
Oh, and I want to wear a red lipstick and not to feel self-conscious. Here you go, I said it!
Now it is your turn. What do YOU want?