I hate this question. They ask it in school, in job interviews. Everywhere. It’s one of the hardest questions to answer (unless life just comes easy for you). For most of us, though, life isn’t easy, and there are many curve-balls, that you just don’t expect, being thrown at you. Ten years is a lot of time, but at the same time, not very far from where you are right now.
If I looked back at my last ten years, I could tell you that things did not go how I planned them out. Suffice to say, the next ten years of my life? Most likely not how I hope they’ll be. That’s the thing though, I could tell you what I hope will happen. But I’m a realist, and I know life doesn’t just work the way you want it to be all the time.
I hope that in the next ten years, I’m established in a job I love. Whether I’m freelancing or doing something else, I just want to be doing something I enjoy. I’ll have a nice car, I’ll have traveled around. By that point, I hope I’m in a stable relationship, possibly married, with kids or kids on the way (I’ll be almost 34, I’d rather not wait that long to have kids, but you never know.) Financially, I hope I’m not in the same rut I am now, and that money is less of an issue. I just hope ten years from now that I’m content and happy with my life.
That’s what I hope for, anyway. With the way this world is going, who knows? The way my life has been going, I really can only hope. It’s not just about being positive and optimistic, it’s about being realistic. So when a job asks you this question, I hate answering. They expect you to say you’ll be shooting for promotions and being the best of the best. Most of us don’t stay with the same place forever, though, and a lot are just stepping ladders. I guess I should start preparing myself for these types of questions again, I’ll be looking for new jobs in the next few months. Real jobs. Ones actually related to my field.
The next ten years will probably fly by – the last five have, I’m through with college and I’ve already been graduated for over a year. It’s ridiculous. I just want time to slow down so I can actually enjoy the moment. I feel like all I do is work and come home and deal with more stress at home. There’s another one – I better not be living at home in ten years, because if I’m still even living at home in two, I just don’t even know what I’ll do with myself. Life is strange though, I don’t like thinking about the future that much. I’d rather focus on the present and the now.