Goal is a dream with a deadline

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “In Due Time.”

Today’s Prompt : “What’s your next, most pressing deadline? Are you excited, stressed, or ambivalent about it? What’s the first thing you’d like to do once you’re done with it?”

My nearest deadline is completing the Goodreads 2014 reading challenge. I am almost done with it just one more book to go. I started out a bit late on this maybe June – July. I challenged myself to read 15 books in the time left. I was excited about it as i joined Goodreads just this year and had never heard about this challenge. Frankly speaking I though 15 books is way too much to complete given 6 months(With my 3rd year in Engineering) i tried to tweak the system by bringing the number down to 10. I don’t know how many of you tried this. If you haven’t tried then i will tell you what happens.. YOU CAN’T CHANGE IT! (Talk about setting your goals and being commited to it). My first thoughts were.. what have i put myself up with. I caught up with it later. And now I am happy that I am almost through it.

However the book I happen to read now was gifted to me by one of my professor. He introduced the author as one of his favourites. Keeping in mind his judgement about the author I pushed this book to the end of my list for the challenge. I hoped to complete the challenge on good note with a “good” book. I started reading this book two weeks – Oh sorry i didn’t mention the name, its “Half a life” by V.S.Naipual- and i am unable to complete it.

I am not particularly pleased with writing, i am not even halfway through it. I find the story a bit on lines with The cather in the rye. Maybe the teenage lost in this world background is the similarity that i find between the two. I would usually complete a book before theres a gap of fifteen days, but i just can’t bring myself to do it. One of the reasons is that i am waiting for the stress to force me to complete it and the other being my ongoing exams.

Uh shouldn’t exams be the deadline. Me: No, I don’t consider exams a deadline. To me deadlines are more like setting goals and achieving them than just sitting in an exam hall waiting for a predefined set of questions to be placed before me ..scribbling furiously on papers for a limited period of time.

“A goal is a dream with a deadline”


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