The journey is just as important

Setting goals can help us in a variety of ways.

Whether it is reading a book, completing school, cleaning and organizing your bedroom, or completing some grand adventure, we create a process to follow in order to reach that milestone. It provides a sense of accomplishment, and then we come up with another goal.

I especially like the idea of setting goals which help to enhance our lives; learning a new skills, visiting a new place, taking on a new project which will benefit others.

Look to your own life. See if there is anything you have always wanted to do, or a change you want to make.

But keep in mind the process of reaching those goals. What steps do you need to take? What is the journey that will be placed at your feet as you embark on this new mission in your life.

Sometimes, on rare occasions, you might find some inspiration on social media.

The various digital platforms give us a glimpse into the lives of people we know, as well as total strangers. Some folks enjoy posting photos and video about their travels and hobbies, and, while it’s important to never compare your life to theirs, it can help to give us a little nudge every now and again.

I may have mentioned an individual in a previous column. Her name in Emily Hart, and she’s a teacher in Colorado. What made me take notice were all these photographs she posted of her visiting some of the national parks in the United States.

She made a checklist, and has made it a goal to visit all of our national parks.

There also is a young woman — I think her name is Megan — who has set a goal of hiking trails at each of the state parks and forests in West Virginia. From what I can tell, she lives somewhere in the central part of our state, and really seems to enjoy the outdoors, going for hikes and even taking part in some races.

She’s also coming close to her goal. The last I checked she had maybe 10 parks or forests left to visit. I don’t think she’s been to Tomlinson Run yet, but I’m sure she’ll enjoy those trails when she does visit.

I’m trying to figure out ways to better manager my time. I’ve taken on some new responsibilities away from work recently, and it will be a bit of a juggling act to find the right balance. Depending on how it goes, I may even figure out some ways to have a little bit of personal time available, and I would like to be able to use that opportunity to check a few things off some of my own lists.

I’m still working on a stack of books I’ve purchased over the last few years, and I would like to continue my efforts to visit our state parks. I doubt I’ll hike a trail at each, because that would mean returning to a few, but maybe I’ll find some other activity.

There are some other trips I would like to make, also; places I’ve never been and people I would like to see.

There may be a few other projects that come to mind.

Each would add something different to my life, and they are good goals to work toward. I know they will all take time, though, and that’s fine. It’s all about the process, figuring out what I want to do and what steps to take.

That process is just as important. The journey, after all, can be even more important than the destination if you take the time to enjoy and appreciate it.

(Howell, a resident of Colliers, is managing editor of The Weirton Daily Times, and can be contacted at chowell@weirtondailytimes.com or followed on Twitter @CHowellWDT)