Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Every time I’ve been asked this question, my answer has been a lie. Why? Because I’ve never had a ‘prestigious’ 5-year plan. The furthest I’ve ever planned for was a year in advance and even then, things didn’t go to plan.
I’ve never really known what I wanted to do with my life. I mean, I know the things that I enjoy and the things that I’m good at but I also know that added stresses to these things when they become ‘work’ would in turn lead me to not enjoy them so much, I also never stumbled upon something that I LOVED… Until last year.
23, that’s exactly the age I was, 5 years after I was expected to have my ‘5-year plan’ all drawn and mapped out. There’s no way at 18 I would have imagined my life where it was. I know that I definitely imagined I would have figured everything out by then but 5 years later, I was only just beginning to, and by accident.
My original plan? At 22 I decided to save to buy my first property, at 23 I was ready with my mortgage approved but things changed. I started planning an around the world trip, got offered a job in Spain, took the job in Spain, quit the job in Spain, travelled solo and it was THEN that I realised what I loved.
The truth is, most of us discover where we are headed when we arrive.
So much of my life has been based on randomness, opportunity, risk and luck. It’s not the way I thought things would go but I realised that I’ve gained more experience both in the working world and in life than some university graduates who had it ‘all figured out’ just to end up in the same position I’m in, if not worse.
There’s nothing wrong with having thinking you have it all figured out, but I’m also slowly realising that there’s also nothing wrong with figuring it out on the fly. Without a plan, you leave yourself open to spontaneity and surprise. Also occasionally in my case, unemployment lol but I wouldn’t trade my journey for anything.
Everything that’s happened in the last nearly 7 years has lead me to exactly where I’m at now. I can honestly say, I’ve never looked back and thought ‘what if?’ because I’ve always been able to take the risk and have.
I do think to myself, what if I hadn’t? And I smile because I know there’s no place I’d rather be.