Ours is an achievement oriented society. We're expected to have goals and to work hard and persevere to achieve them. We are always looking ahead to what we hope to accomplish. Granted, having goals is very motivating. When a person is working towards something it helps to keep him focused and gives him reason to push harder. When things get tough the desired goal shines before us like a beacon, beckoning us forward; this keeps us going.
But what if you don't really have a goal? After I graduated from high school I had a lot of goals. I wanted to earn my Master's degree in five years, I wanted to work for two years and get licensed in my field, I wanted to find a satisfying and well paying career, and I wanted to buy a home. I was very motivated and I worked hard. At 23, 5 years after I started, I earned my Master's degree. At 25 I bought a home. At 26, maybe 6 months later than I'd planned, I got licensed in my field. Six months after that I found a satisfying and well paying job.
So now what?
For the past two years that's the question that's been haunting me. I've looked for new goals -- maybe I could go back to school! I even applied and was accepted to a doctorate program. Then I realized I'd have to move away from the people I love and give up the home I'd recently bought in order to do it. And I decided it wasn't worth it.
So now I'm wondering - Why do I need a goal? I worked hard to achieve what I've achieved; can't I just sit back and enjoy it? Can't I just say, "I'm where I want to be" and be done with it?
Personally I'm okay with that, but I feel like I'm expected to want more or to do more. Maybe that's just a projection; maybe I really expect myself to want more or to do more.
These are just some thoughts I have. I don't have the answers to my questions but I wonder what others think. Is it enough to just be where you are? Or should one aspire to be and do more?