"...don't worry so much about the destination, make sure the journey is all worth it" [from "Starting Over" post]
In the course of chasing one goal or another and trying to build the "perfect" foundation, it is very easy to lose track of something very important--happiness. Being goal-oriented is a good quality to have but I've found that there's something about obsessing over the future that can take away from the present and what it has to offer. I look back at the past few years and realize in a lot of situations, I compromised my happiness for the hope of future gratification.
I was going to title this post "The Pursuit of Happiness" but I did not want undermine the importance of pursuing goals and dreams, coz I'm a big believer in that. But there needs to be a balance. If not, its like holding your breath under water till you achieve a milestone and that's your chance to come up for air. But when life becomes all work and no play, you will run out of air eventually and it'll make the pursuit of those things that are supposed to bring you fulfillment, tedious and exhausting.
If a survey was conducted, I bet a lot of people would have laundry lists of things they would like to do but never get the chance to. But no one else controls your time but you. So whether its jetting off somewhere for the weekend, making time for friends and family more often, putting the relationship books away and just having a good time with your partner, spending the day catching up on shows everyone around you has been talking about... figure out the right balance for you so that the destination is not the only thing you have to look forward to.
As I look back at my life another couple of years from now, I want to be able to say I not fulfilled my goals, but that I also lived my life to the fullest.