A lot can happen in five years. Wondering where you’ll be in 5 years’ time is something we’ve all had to do; teachers ask it periodically throughout our school years, parents may ask you, employers may ask you… The list goes on. Usually the answer is some vague, little-considered guess, because thinking about the future can be unnerving, particularly if you don’t know what you’re doing with the present. But sometimes it’s good to actually think it through. What do you want to be doing in 5 years’ time? What do you want to have achieved between now and five years’ time?
Personally, I think about the future a lot. I’m someone who can stick with any one goal for however long it takes to achieve it, but I’m also someone who gets restless doing the same thing, or being in the same place for too long. It runs in the family, to some extent – my mum spent years never being in exactly the same job for more than a few years at a time.
When I think about what I want to have done in five years’ time, I have a pretty clear idea. I want to have finished university, spent some time abroad, have finished writing my book – maybe even have been rejected by some publishers (or get accepted, of course, as the preferable option…). I want to have tried new things, things I’m probably not even considering right now. I want to move away from my hometown, if I haven’t already by that point, and hopefully have a place of my own.
There are some things I want to stay the same, though not many – I still want to be in contact with my friends, and have a good relationship with my parents. Aside from those fundamentals, I’m really open to change.
What I want to be doing in five years’ time is a bit less clear. I want to still be writing, and writing for me, just because I enjoy it. I know I want to be doing something I enjoy, or finding something new to conquer. But, right now, I don’t know what exactly that will be. I have some vague ideas of what I could do that I’d enjoy, but none of it’s certain. So much can change in five years – your interests, your goals, your situation in life. And at this stage of my life, I’m perfectly comfortable not knowing exactly what I will be doing, whether I’ll be employed by a company, or self-employed, or what.
Too often people are scared of change, scared of the unknown, but I think they’re things to be embraced. Without change, the world would be a boring place. Without change, things can’t get better – with it, they may get worse for a while, but I have faith in the idea that for something to get better, it might have to get a little worse for a while, and that’s okay.