You gotta have faith! The reason I kept this value around the longest is because it represents more than just myself. My faith is what gets me through the day. My faith is what I can rely on when I need something the most. I also find motivation through my faith in terms of trying to become the best possible version of myself.
One year ago?
A year ago I think I would have come up with a similar set of values. I am in relatively the same position as I was a year ago and my goals have not changed since then.
Five years from now?
Five years from now I see myself with a set of values derived from the set I have now. While my loved ones may stay the same, I will have new memories and goals that are inline with the stage of life I am in.
How can we use this exercise as a learning opportunity for the future?
Goal 1 (longterm) - Marry the love of my life
I will be able to use the memories I have and the traits I posses to find the person I want to spend the rest of my life with.
Having a strong faith and great relationships with your loved ones always puts you in a more comfortable position when having to make these life choices.
Goal 2 (long term) - Have a happy healthy family
While this goal may sound subjective at first, it really is not. Having a happy healthy family is a blessing. Some people are lucky others are not. It is up to us to make sure we actively strive for this goal.
Having such a strong relationship with my family is going to prepare this for me one day. The traits I developed along with the memories I made watching my parents awesome love has turned me into a lover not a fighter.
Goal 3 (long term) - Be best friends with my kids
I am probably the only person that put this down as one of my long-term goals. Thats ok. I know this is way down the road, but I still need to list it because it is so important to me.
Being best friends with my dad has been one of the best things to ever happen to be. Having a close relationship with him and the rest of my family has forged me into the person I am today.
Relying mostly on my memories I want to make my relationship with my kids as strong as the bond my father has with me and my siblings.
Goal 4 (short term) - Have a meaningful career
What does it mean to have a meaningful career? I think it means that you love what you do because it helps other people achieve goals, happiness, and solutions.
I classify this as short term because two years from now I will be in the work force. That is a lot sooner now than it was thirty years ago. In a world of internships and highly competitive job markets, getting ahead now means everything.
I will be able to use my personal traits along with my memories to decide which career path I want to eventually embark on.