My Goals from 2 Years Ago

The most fertile source of insight is hindsight.
(Morris Kline)

I was recently catching up on emails and organizing the files on my computer when I came across a document I haven't seen for 2 years. These are the fresh thoughts of a recent-graduate just entering the workforce. Some goals have changed since then, but others are an eerily accurate picture of where I want to be in the next 8 years:

Describe the house you live in 10 years?
I am living in a spacious 2-bedroom condo in a city. I have my own parking and laundry. I have spectacular views and can walk down to grab a coffee from a nearby Starbucks. I have an excellent kitchen, an office area and a meditation space. I have enough room to live comfortably with my 2 dogs. I am really close to a Whole Foods and a pool where I train with a masters team. My condo is the gathering spot for my friends because it is very comfortable and put-together. Friends from other places in the world like visiting me because it is set up well for guests. I have great neighbors. I love coming home after business trips. My condo has wood floors, crisp lines and a soft atmosphere. It is a perfect mix of masculine and feminine decor. My fiance and I fall in love here.

Where do you live, what area of the country?
I live in a city and am a half-day’s drive to water. There is moisture in the air and the winters are reasonable. The drive to the airport is easy. I am comfortable in my geographical location and visit other places often.

What is your plan to achieve your income and career goals?
I am applying my laser focus and work ethic on my short-term and long-term goals. I am celebrating my small victories and those of others around me. I am making it my mission to learn as much as possible about the inner workings of the business world. I actively pursue mentoring from individuals who can be great teachers to me.

Reflecting on my past feelings and aspirations gives me a sense of how far I have come. I can read through these lines and find the insecurities I have overcome and the experience I have gained. Two years into my life as a real-live grownup, I have made great strides toward the life of my dreams. Sure, there is plenty of room for improvement, but sometimes it is nice to just focus on the ground already covered.

Do you sometimes check back in on your old journals or writings? What is it that you find between the lines?