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Shoot for the Moon

Harnessing a Child's Enthusiasm to Achieve Your Goals


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Perfect message! I love the idea that we are "still" a blank slate. It is easy to get caught up in getting through life and loose sight of dreams and aspirations. Thanks for posting this. Report
My children are now 19 & 20 years old & we still learn from each other. I admit i become a little self righteous when i hear some views espoused by my young adults! i guess as a parent & mentor you can only braiinwash (encourage) ur kids with ur viewpoint, to a certain degree & at the end of the day the rest is up to them. Report
I've put my life on hold for a long time for children & work and it's exciting and scary to try new things. Bungee jumping...probably not, but 4 wheeling or horseback riding? that's a real possibility. Report
This is a very good article...we need to be reminded every once in a while.....but it is powerful. Thanks. Report
This was an eye opener 4me... I'm in my early 50's and recently retired. I love to draw, and I have an artsie fare. I have a sketch pad and my kids laugh, b/c they had no idea that I had this eye for talent. lol. I have thought about taking an art class somewhere, but I just haven't. Maybe I will "shoot for the moon", and just do it! Thanks for the inspiration. :) Report
I couldn't agree more. At age 50, I decided that it was time to TRY to get into shape. Through the process of searching for a fitness activity that I love, I found group exercises - Jazzercise, Kickboxing, Group Power (strength training), and Pilates. I've learned that I'm a social fitness fanatic and through the process of taking 2-3 classes a week, my body is in better shape than it has ever been. I live in a family with all men, and their reactions to my tone body has been priceless and definitely an ego booster. Report
Some cartoon character (maybe Garfield, who sure could use a little Spark in his life!) once said, "It is amazing what one can accomplish when one doesn't know what one cannot do." It never crosses a ten-year-old's mind that s/he won't someday play professional hockey - the kid just goes out there and plays hockey, having fun and keeping fit and dreaming big. Maybe we adults need to lose a big load of "practicality and realism", and just get out there and act like we CAN have the healthy lifestyle we dream of. Who says we can't? Report
I thought, from the title, that this was to be another message about using your children to achieve your own lost goals (I thought this from the title, and also from the opening remarks).
However - it isn't that. I think, now (having read the whole article), that it is about an opportunity to use your child's enthusiasms to buck up your own ideas and get yourself moving again..
So, it shouldn't be about finding classes or groups to fit an activity your child seems interested in - it's see to your child's interests - AND ALSO find a class or group that will let you do something. Or go to the same group together.
Thanks for the article. Report
It's never too late to take up a new activity, learn a new skill! I am always inspired by the adults I meet at the pool who decided to learn to swim late in life. Some want to be able to be with their kids in the water; some want to finally overcome their childhood fears; some want to make up for what poverty or circumstance denied them earlier. They're all awesome! Report
This was a wonderful article. Kids certainly can remind us that anything is possible if we concentrate and work hard enough to attain it. Report
I LOVE this article! You don't need children to imagine dreaming your dreams...Just remember what it was like to be a child and the big dreams you had!

We all have dreams, still. How much better is it to just go ahead and TRY for them. 10 years down the road you will still be wishing you could attain your dreams, imagine what 10 years of trying to shoot for them will get you! A lot further down that road to achieving them! Report
This is an interesting article, however, I don't have any kids to watch. How do you suggest doing this in that case. In my case I "know" it's too late to make my life what I want it to be. Reality is in front of me. I wish life were more simple than that. Report
Your article made me want to shoot for the moon! I couldn't help but notice how much support your son is getting in making his dreams come true. You and your DH are very supportive! Even as adults, we need that support, and I think that's where SparkPeople comes in. Articles like yours and support from my SparkFriends have enabled me to achieve health goals I could barely dream about. And reaching those goals is motivating me to reach for others. What a gift SparkPeople is to so many of us! Report
Thanks for this. As a mother I often feel excited by what my kids might one day do, thanks for reminding me that I can still achieve new things too. My life does seem to have been on hold a bit over the last couple of years but with SparkPeople and articles like this I feel I am really taking control again - of my health, my life and my family's future. Thank you. Report
Great article! I love your insights and how the optimism of youth should transpire into alduthood. Thanks for sharing! Report

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