Chapter Goals

Our goals define how we live our lives. They give us direction and destinations. They give us an outline of how to get to where we want to go. They give us comfort and purpose as we figure out who we are. I have always been thinking about my future goals and what I want to accomplish long-term, but it is my current short-term which has allowed my re-focused, “today matters” mindset to take over my world.

With the conclusion of baseball season being my final day, my time left living in this current chapter of my life is coming to an end. It has been an incredible ride and I am so happy to be where I am right now. While my optimism was lacking during the days following my decision to turn down a solid, full-time position in Grand Haven, Michigan (My job dilemma: Who in their right mind would hire someone who is only going to be around until June?), I did not lose hope and knew everything would work out exactly how it was supposed to. After a couple of tough weeks on the job front, the idea of substitute teaching at the local high school dropped into my lap after some people I know made the suggestion. It was a sign from the heavens. I immediately sprung into action, got my paper work done, and interviewed at a high school down the street. I started the day after Winter Break ended and students went back to school. In these couple of weeks, it has dawned on me multiple times just how blessed I am. I could not have landed a more perfect part-time gig, somewhere where I am around so many quality people and have the opportunity to make a difference. It also helps that it aligns perfectly with the baseball schedule, which is something I have struggled to find over the past few years.

Since I started subbing, I have filled a number of roles, some more challenging than others, but I have enjoyed my time here overall. It is my goal to be a super-sub, a person who is always available whenever help is needed. I am going to work every day I can and leave a positive rapport with as many teachers and students as I can. I want teachers to feel like they did not miss a beat when I take over their class for the day. I want to be remembered for the type of person I was and the job I did.

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Mt. Rainier National Park; Ashford, WA (Photo Credit: Leah Applebach)

With things going as well as they possibly could, my sights turn to my other goals. How do I want to end my time here? What do I want to accomplish that will improve my life moving forward? For starts, I want to find a way to truly enjoy every day, a mindset I want to take with me for the rest of my life. As I learn more about what it means to live a balanced, happy life, I am finding out that everything starts with finding ways to love your days, even when it is just “the routine”. We really do not get much time in the grand scheme of things and it is so easy to waste away and wonder where our time went. I have wasted enough time wallowing in my life, so it is important to me to continue to truly live.

Secondly, I want to continue to leave people better than I found them. It is always my goal to do this, but I plan on being more intentional about this attitude. When I think about it, I am around so many different people for a variety of reasons. Each person has their own life and things they are going through and I am sure I can find a way to relate to them and leave them with peace. With my baseball players, I am going to work my tail off to make sure I leave them better athletes and better people. With my fellow coaches, I want to help them continue to develop this great program. With my current co-workers, I want to make their lives easier. With my family and friends, I want to be there for them and spend time with them while I still can. With my fiance’, I want to continue to love and support her through her ups and downs (especially this tough semester in her Doctorate Program) as we venture towards this new life together. I am sure I will come across more people over the course of the next six months, and I will try to be the same way with them as well.

Lastly, I want to continue to grow as a person. I want to continue learning new things and applying what I have learned to my life and my business. I will do this through writing more about life, reading more books, asking more questions, learning more skills, and becoming a better person. This growth is something I want to continue to experience as I live out my days and tackle several new stages of life.

I do not know why I decided to write all of this down, but I am glad I did. What you write is a reflection of what is in your soul, and I feel like it is important to express yourself this way whenever you can. I love how quickly a time of chaos and uncertainty can turn into a blessing and new experiences. For those who are currently going through a chaotic time; do not lose hope. Continue to grow and make each day matter. You will see a change.

 

-R.M.

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