I Can Do Anything, But Not Everything

Thursday, August 9, 2012

What do you want?
Photo Credit: Jessica Mullen
Image via Flickr/Creative Commons

Unlike many of my friends, I did not approach turning 30 with dread or dismay. I spent my late 20s rather excited about this monumental birthday because I was certain that once it arrived my life would finally make sense. I would turn 30 and instantly have the confidence that eluded me in the days of my youth. I'd finally know who I was and what I wanted.

You can stop your hysterical laughter now. 

If you're over 30 you know that none of this happens. 

But now, at the age of 31, I can say that one thing has become abundantly clear; I have learned one lesson that I think will help guide me the rest of the days of my life:  I can do anything that I want, but I can't do everything that I want -- at least not all at once. 

Thanks to God's grace and the work ethic instilled in me by my father, I believe that I can accomplish any goal I set for myself, but only if I stay focused. The minute I get distracted by some other lofty aspiration, it's over.  All bets are off. And this year I've realized that I am often trying to juggle far too many projects to truly excel at any of them. I'm a Jill of all trades and master of none. 

Today is my half-birthday (yes, I still celebrate those). In six months I'll be 32. No, I don't expect all that confidence and clarity I mentioned earlier to descend upon me then. But by my 32 birthday I want to have decided on that one big professional goal that I'm going to wholeheartedly pursue. Will I write a book? Will I launch an online magazine? Will I strive to be a blogging star? Will I go after a secret goal of mine I have yet to mention to anyone? Only time will tell.

What is the one lofty goal  you want to accomplish right now?


  1. The lofty goals I want to accomplish right now are:

    1) A complete revamp of my website (again)

    2) The creation of two other blogs with distinct purposes and focuses.

    3) Lay the foundation for the online magazine I'm aiming to create.

    FYI: I'm 22 (almost 23) and I'm excited for 25 and 30. These will be milestones worth celebrating.

  2. Keep dreaming big! I hear you on focusing and I'd love to see you at the top of the blogging world.

    Amber Genise


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