My teenage years were pretty great. Except for the times when they weren’t. It seems that about half the time I was ecstatic about the life I was living, but now I look back and wonder how I got through the dark times.
I suppose I should be grateful for 16-year-old me. After all, it’s that 16-year-old me that created this mission statement.
As I look back on it I’m amazed at what I wrote down.
I was naive.
I was cringeworthy.
I still am and the awesome thing about being naive and cringe-worthy then and most of the years since?
I don’t care anymore!
I just started writing because I love to write and express myself. I don’t even know if I’m that good, I just have a lot to say.
The other thing I learned from this 12-year old document?
I’ve actually lived that mission statement.
Well, most of it. These words I wrote all those years ago have been a big part of my life ever since. They were the foundation for how I’ve lived my life since then, and are the basis for what I’ve learned about making and achieving goals.
Let’s review how I did.
1. I choose to be happy
It’s crazy to me that I would write something like this. I had depression. It was high-functioning depression, which I still experience from time to time, but as I look back with 20–20 hindsight, it really was depression. Some days I found it really hard to choose to be happy and it took me a long time to find out why. I’m glad I now know and can try as hard as I can to be happy, but also accept the days that I am depressed.
2. I do not fear anything
What a tall order, young me! I’ve done pretty okay at living up to this part of my mission. I maintain a positive outlook when it comes to the world around me and my life in general. However, I still have a hard time even making a simple phone call out of fear. I’ve come far with my fears but I still have a really long way to go.
3. My spirit has control of my body
I’ve always worked hard to maintain my faith and my relationship with God. This one is also a tall order but has really influenced who I am today. I don’t know that I would have the self-control that I have now if it weren’t for 12 years of working hard at this.
4. I am a light, not for my own glory, but for the glory of my Father in heaven
Again, my relationship with God has always been one of the most important parts of my life. This one was, for 16-year-old me, probably more out of self-righteousness. As I look back I see an unfortunately large number of events in which I was really only wanting to be good because I wanted to be seen as good. But isn’t that part of the risk we take anyway when we try to be good? I’m doing better at this now, but still not perfect.
5. I look to Jesus, and daily grow Socially, Physically, Educationally, and Spiritually.
See my last post for an update on how this one is going! This principle is still a massive governing factor of my life. I still work according to this philosophy daily.
6. The phrase “I can’t” doesn’t exist
This sounds really cringe-worthy but also SO cool that 16-year-old me would attempt to adhere to this! I still try to follow this, often to a fault. Perfectionism has been hard on me through the years, but I’ve learned so much along the way.
7. I am a force for good in this world
“I find that answer vague and unconvincing” (K-2SO, Rogue One) just about sums this one up. Present me looks into the details of things really thoroughly, and especially when it comes to setting or adjusting my goals, mission, and vision. Thankfully, I’ve become a lot more focused than writing vague goals like this. However, I have tried to be a force for good, which is my ENTIRE reason for writing on Medium.
And that’s all of them!
I think it’s time for a new mission statement.
What’s your mission statement?