I completed every goal I set for myself in 2013. Among other things I read 52 books, walked 100 different Volkssport events and blogged each one of them here. Perhaps there is always some let down after completing a big project, but I asked myself, "Did accomplishing those things get you to were you wanted to be at the start of 2014?" "You climbed the ladder to the top, but where did it lead you? Was that ladder leaning against the wrong wall?"
My response, "yes." Having the goal of 52 books, meant they were read quickly. Ones that could have benefited from a second reading or further study were set aside for the "priority" of quantity of books read. In some ways the Volkssport goal was the same. The national Centurion Achievement Challenge was to walk 100 events in the calendar year 2013. I, of course, had to raise the bar and walk 100 different events. As a result I found myself doing more short distance walks. I don't feel I am as physically fit as at the end of 2012, the year I walked 1000 miles. Many of the blogs were not my best effort because I "had to get the walk blogged."
These goals were not a waste.
I learned that I would rather enjoy the books than make quantity of reading a goal. I may never get through all those books I purchased; perhaps it is time to give them away. In 2014 my reading goal is to tackle two classic works and 2 non-fiction works. In both cases I want to treat them like a class; I want to take notes, re read sections as necessary.
I learned my walking goals should relate to distance if I want it to be a fitness goal. For 2014 I will to complete 1000k in sanction Volkswalks. While that is only 62% of my 2012 goal of 1000 miles, the lesser goal will allow me to support an organization for which I have great admiration without the pressure of making every exercise session a sanctioned walk.
Blogging, even though many were not my best effort did accomplish three things.
1. I have a beautiful record of my walks in 2013 complete with photos, descriptions and what was happening in my life. I am printing the blog and keeping in in a binder on the coffee table to celebrate the success.
2. It has helped me to sharpen my brain. While I was walking I focused on the walk, what would I write in the blog, what about each event would be interesting to share. Writing made me "use my words." In retirement I must make opportunities to communicate and keep my verbal abilities in use.
3.I found I like to write and I like to write about my walking. In 2014 I would like to continue to do this by writing one or more articles for our regional Volkssport Magazine or even the national Volkssport newspaper.
Sparkpeople is a great site; I rarely "meet" anyone who wants criticize or condemn. Even when someone can see a fault in my thinking or behavior, the members are considerate, helpful and tactful. I should add a #4 benefit of this blog. I gained some new Spark friends. Thank you to all of you who have read my blog and encouraged me through your comments. I appreciate you!