On Monday’s post, Fred, Virginia, and Bob made interesting comments about my goal of seeing all 394 National Parks in three years. The gist was it would be a push, and what was the point of rushing?
They’re right. The parks will still be there after 2013, assuming alien robots don’t take over the world and force us humans into slave labor, which involves razing all the wilderness to make way for giant hovercraft parking lots.
Which, if you think about it, is a real concern.
But really, there are good reasons for putting a timeframe on a goal. We do this to:
- Make ourselves accountable
- Keep a fire lit under the project, and
- Give ourselves a way to measure our success
We think of our wouldn’t-it-be-fun-to’s and make plans. We get excited. We picture ourselves crossing the finish line. We start drinking celebratory champagne now, as a warm-up. (Maybe that’s just me.)
But the truth is, things change. We can make all the plans we want and still, life tosses us around in ways we couldn’t have predicted. In the last week alone I’ve lost one good friend to an out-of-state move, gained a new friend I’m already sure I can’t live without, and had three work opportunities come up. (One of which is a done deal – I start co-teaching an online entrepreneurship class Monday. Thank you, Christopher!)
There was a time I thought I’d stay in New York for good.
Then that didn’t make sense anymore. So I moved back to Taos, bought a Scamp, started this blog, and decided to see every National Park in three years. I’ll shoot for that until that doesn’t make sense anymore, either.
I’m not advocating flakiness – unless we’re talking biscuits, ba da bum – I guess I’m just telling myself it’s okay to make plans, let them unfold, then make adjustments if needed. (My new friend planted that seed just yesterday. Smart man.)
Where’s the line between flexibility and a lack of commitment? What do you think?