My mother had a heart attack on December 8th.
It was massive, unexpected and, though I can pull off stoic so well Steven Seagal wants pointers, frightening.
This has always been the kind of thing that happened to other people. My heart always broke for them, but I’d never had to deal with the aftermath – the fear, the wondering, the long hours sitting in the ICU, the indescribable feeling of seeing your loved one on life support after open heart surgery.
I think my mom’s near death experience (she was very lucky) has had a more profound effect on me than it has even on her.
I realized, finally realized, in my bones that we all have a blind date with the Grim Reaper. Our time here is limited and we are a product of our choices.
So for those two weeks I sat with my mom in the ICU, I took a hard look at my life and my choices. I reevaluated what I want my life to be and how I want to live it.
I want to LIVE life; not just hack away at surviving it until GR shows up with his rickety rowboat and shiny scythe. So to that end, I came up with 16 goals I want to achieve in 2016.
- Eat clean and healthy 80% of the time.
- Workout at least 5 days per week.
- Finish my novel rough draft by December 31, 2016.
- Go on 24 “Date Nights” with my husband.
- Have at least 12 “Family Nights” with the kids.
- Pay off all credit card debt by December 31, 2016.
- Increase my annual income by $20,000.
- Read or listen to 52 personal development books (and apply the lessons to my life).
- Deepen my spirituality.
- Walk 10,000 steps a day for at least 337 days in 2016.
- Take at least three weekend trips to somewhere I’ve never been before.
- Help at least one Leon Marching Redcoat pay his/her band fees.
- Make note of one thing each day that gave me joy or makes me grateful.
- Take at least two classes and learn a new skill.
- Encourage at least 16 people to reach for their goals.
- Be more “in the moment” and worry less about what I can’t control.
I’m sharing these goals and I’ll probably share a lot of updates on my progress as well, because that’s how I stay accountable. You can expect pictures, posts, and probably even invitations. You’re free to ignore all of it; it won’t hurt my feelings. But I’m sharing them anyway.
If I can inspire one person to take life by the horns, to not wait until the time is ‘right’ to go after the goal of their dreams, then I’m already on my way to meeting one of my 2016 goals. 🙂
I’d also like to share one thing that the highly wonderful cardiologist in charge of my mom’s care told my sister and I (I’m paraphrasing):
“The first symptom of a heart attack for many people is death. Do NOT ignore any ‘odd’ feelings or pain. And never feel stupid about going to a doctor and ‘just checking’.”
Live, friends. Live your life. It’s what we’re here to do, after all.
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