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A step towards that goal

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I wish I was more goal orientated in my youth. At least I’m correcting that before life passed me by. Well, I guess some might say I’ve wasted a big part of it and they may be right. But I feel I have a lot more to give and do. Its because I’m using goals be they small or large, I work towards them all the time now.

Go for the Gold and no I didn’t photoshop those shoes.
Photo by Mike Hartley

It’s not the end result when the goal is reached. It’s the love for it during the journey. That is the victory no matter if you win gold, silver or bronze. Hell, I’ve finished out of the medal round and I’m still the happiest person because I’m enjoying, learning and experiencing the journey.

I started a business once. It was brutal but one of the most enjoyable things I’ve done and learned from. I could easily see others thinking it might be a failure but they know very little.

This blog and my photography are hobbies that I hope to turn professional once I leave the job that pays the bills. The chance to be successful are slim and none but I don’t care. It makes me happy and occasionally I’ll either brighten someones day or excite them with images or give them food for thought. But my success doesn’t balance on the number of followers. It doesn’t hang on comments or how many posts I make or photos I take.

For instance its already a victory for me. Loved ones are interested in it and that is really all I need. It validates me, not recognition or awards or likes. Just the effort is something I’m starting to take more pride in.

Random Thoughts of the Day

  • I gave Facebook a break for several days and it felt good. Not that I spent a lot of time there anyway but it reminded me not to spend more and maybe even less.
  • Just read the bowling ally I grew up rolling at in Laurel is closing. I wonder if I have my duckpin balls stored away someplace from my early youth?
  • Keeping in touch with people that are important to you is important. Not everyone is a mind reader.
  • I have added something to my breakfast menu. Tacos were on the plate today. I have no idea why I went with them but it was good.

Author: Mike Hartley

With a lifetime and a half in the Newspaper industry I'm preparing for my retirement career as an Artist, Writer, Photographer and Video content provider. I'm a proud father of two wonderful children and I'm still married to the first girl I fell in love with and probably only one that would have me.

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