Are You Where You Said You Would Be in Five Years?

Where do you see yourself in five years? We’ve all answered this question over dinner, or on a first date. Some guys have asked this question just to see if they should be nervous about a girl wanting to be married by then. That would tell them whether or not they could stick around for a while or if they should run for the hills. Most people, though, feel that the answer to this question will reveal whether or not the person they are getting to know has similar goals and is worth building a relationship with.I’ve never heard of anyone saying that he/she planned to be broke and barely making it by the five year deadline. In fact, people usually say something that takes a little (a lot) of ambition to accomplish in that short amount of time. Were we being realistic when we answered that question? Do we really have five and ten year plans for ourselves? Some of us have only thought about the answer to that question at the time we were asked. Maybe we feel forced to say something profound or interesting to seem appealing, so we say whatever sounds good.

Some people are very organized and have thoroughly thought out their five and ten year plans. Some are actually sticking to it and are right on schedule. But the majority of us are still trying to figure it out. Maybe starting a family wasn’t in your five year plan, but it’s a reality now. Maybe you didn’t think you’d be back in school or living in a different state, but it is now a part of your life. Is it a bad thing if we detour and experience something new or different from our original plan?

I’ve thought about this a lot, but my life changes on a daily basis. What I say I want/like/need one day may be completely different the next. After making plans and changing them so much, I have decided to accept where I am at the moment. Everything that occurs in my life is a result of what I have done and what I’ve been blessed with. The old saying, If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans, sticks in the back of my head whenever I make a plan and run into a change.

I say change is beautiful. When our plans don’t work out the way we thought they would, it could simply mean that we’ve grown. We’ve learned something that has caused our paths to shift and direct us toward something else. How many of us thought we wanted to do something and found out that we were meant to do something else? I am willing to bet it’s better than the plan you constructed for yourself years ago.

MusISHans, are you where you said you would be in five years?

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