Hello everyone. Its been a long time since I posted here, but I wanted to update everyone on my goals for the remainder of the year, in essence a plan of life that motivates me to become a better person. Feel free to give me a few recommendations or advice, I would greatly appreciate it!
Spiritual Goals: I am Catholic, although I have not been a practicing one for quite some time. I was undergoing a difficult time in my life with to many questions and not enough explanation or answers, so I became disillusioned with my faith. I then read some philosophical books searching for some answers, and time and time again the answers fell in line with some of the basic Catholic philosophy I was taught. Needless to say I started carrying my rosary and praying again. Now my spiritual goals are:
Family Goals: I only had one sibling (a sister one year younger than me), but in 2009 my parents adopted two girls (6 and 7 at the time), including the girls' half brother when he was born in 2010. Needless to say, it was a joyous occasion for all of us, and it still is, but not without its fair share of challenges, especially for me. I had a hard time taking care of them, the girls and I would never get along. For instance, whenever I took care of them I would tell them to do things such as do their homework or clean up their mess but to no avail. I do not know why this is. When my mother or my other sister told them to do it, they responded quickly and effectively. I feel disappointed with myself because of my shortcomings. I want to be a better brother, so my family goals are:
Career Goals: I am a sophomore in community college, but I still do not have the faintest idea of what exactly I want to do. Right now I am on track to finish my associates degree, but I thought learning a trade looked interesting. I thought of taking a year off from school after I attain my associates or graduating from a four year university to do something with automobiles, carpentry, or even plumbing. I wanted to actually learn those skills for a side hustle or as a useful skill to have.
However, I do like the business field, especially the entrepreneurial aspect of it, but nothing specific. Whenever someone in my family asks me what my major is, I usually reply economics or finance and I know I am lying. I say those two things to please my parents, especially my mother who pressures me into "finding a good job that makes money". She seems to place emphasis on this because the loans and debt I will accrue while I attend college, I know this is a mother's natural worry, but it becomes tiresome after hearing it every time the topic of education is brought up. Despite this situation though, my career (and school goals) are:
Intellectual Goals: I have done a fair amount of book shopping recently, so I plan to read these books during my spare time. However, my desire has always been to become conversational in a couple languages other than English. I never knew how to approach this though, I learned some Mandarin during high school but this was through brute force and I forgot most of it after I graduated. I would like to learn the language because I wanted to travel there. I also wanted to learn computer coding because that is a skill that is becoming increasingly valuable given the importance of computers today.
Physical Development Goals: I have lost all ambition to work out, I am dismayed because it is hard for me to keep a consistent diet ( I have little money for groceries to do so and my schedule of work and school make me miss extra meals) and workout plan ( cannot go to gym in the morning as I must drop off my sister to school). Both sides of my family have a history of having a high metabolism, so almost anything I eat seems to vanish. I usually eat fruits, nuts, and fish. I will eat 2,000 to 3,000 calories a day and I am 5'6" and weigh a scant 123 pounds. My goals for physical development are:
Does all this sound reasonable? I believe so, wish me luck on this journey of personal development!
If you are working a learning a language pick at the library a book on learning the language so you can get the grammer rules to go along with your work with Rosetta Stone. There is also Live Mocha http://livemocha.com/ which is the free online community language learning site.
Do some kickboxing. Best workout, plus you learn fighting skills.