Meaning

Hundred Goals is a blog about creating an amazing life by doing incredible things.

Since I began blogging about my adventures, from jumping out of an airplane to meeting Marilyn Manson, my life has changed in ways I cannot even begin to describe. I’ve had an amazing life, and I promise you can have exactly the same if you simply create a list of all the crazy, exciting and strange things you someday hope to accomplish during your life … and then set out to do each and every one of them.

But what Hundred Goals has been missing, and maybe what I’ve been confusing with an amazing life, is a meaningful one.

I’ve come to realize that a meaningful life isn’t about bungee jumping or running marathons. And it has little to do with visiting remote corners of the world or eating bizarre foods. Sure, these experiences will open your eyes to the world around you and will help you grow as a person. But it’s you who’s gained something by doing these things. You’ve given nothing in return … and that is the key to a meaningful life.

None of this is meant to discount the importance of having goals in life.

I still believe that overcoming your fear of jumping out of an airplane will help you build confidence and that climbing a mountain is a great way to prove to yourself that you have the inner strength and fortitude to overcome any obstacles you’ll encounter in life. But a meaningful life isn’t about you. It’s about the positive impact you have on other people.

Show the people you love that you love them and don’t forget to tell them often. Speak politely … and less often. Listen more. Don’t brag. Volunteer in your community. Repair broken relationships with the people who matter. Accept others imperfections. Don’t be so demanding. Remember, it’s not always about you. Forgive the people who’ve hurt you and apologize to those who you’ve hurt.

You aren’t going to be remembered for that trip to Dracula’s Castle or the time you swam with a dolphin. You’ll be remembered for what you’ve done for others and the way you made them feel.

Be kind to one another.

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2 thoughts on “Meaning

  1. That’s something I’ve come to slowly over the past year myself. In looking at the original goals I set out for myself, I don’t feel like I did much. But I know that in my personal life, I’ve accomplished so much! 2012 has been a very successful year in ways that has nothing to do with rappelling down a building or travel.

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