I wrote a list of my goals.
Scattered down every little detail of what I wanted.
What I was going to do.
Then I realized something- all my goals were about me.

That's not necessarily wrong in it's nature. It's normal and encouraged to have goals and aspire to meet them, especially as a young adult. Without goals, we are letting life blow us around in the wind and not taking responsibility for our future. That's surface level thinking, though. Everyone knows by now that having goals is usually a good thing.

Thinking a little deeper though, I realized that I want the achievement of my goals to make the world a better place. As much as I want to eat healthy and exercise to look good, I also want to do it so that I present the best version of myself to the world. Then when I'm older, I can teach others about mental and psychical health. As much as I want to volunteer to gain experience, I also want to genuinely help people in any way that I can.

I want to care about myself, but I never want that to be the extent of what I do. I'm going to say something a little controversial (gasps), but I think that it is really easy to lose the aspect of helping others in our culture of self love. I am not shaming anyone for self love or self care, it is a much needed aspect for growth and relaxation. What I am saying though is that we can often get caught up in extremes.

With that being said, balance it out. I make goals because I love myself and I know that God has a plan for my life, but I also make goals because I know that part of God's plan is me helping others with their lives. So the next time you make a GOALS LIST, I hope your goals are more than just you. And I hope my goals are more than just me.

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