Where would you like to be in 10 years?
I try to ask myself questions like these and then I avoid answering them. My plans for the future have changed hundreds of times. 10 years ago, I was 9 years old and imagining myself being a pop star before the age of 20 (that or a zookeeper). I am the farthest thing from a pop star anyone can be, so it’s safe to say I have disappointed my childhood self.
In 10 years, I’ll be 29 years old. About to hit the big three-o. I kind of hate the thought of getting old. Not that 30 is even old, really. Thinking of life in 10 year spans freaks me out because it puts how short of a time you have into perspective. I like to worry about tomorrow and next week. I like the details of things and hate looking at the bigger picture. The bigger picture somehow makes things feel insignificant to me.
Anyway, for the sake of this post and this challenge, I’ll put some thought into it. At 29 years old, I will be long done with college. I don’t think I plan on going for a masters or a doctorate like I once thought I was. I kind of hate college more than I expected to. I’ll have a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. I’ll have my TEFL certificate and will probably have already taught English in several countries. I’ll have a self-hosted blog with my own domain, full of posts about my travels and experiences as a teacher abroad.
I’ll have traveled a lot with my boyfriend. At 29, I kind of hope we’re already married? As for kids… that’s still a big question mark. If kids are something we want, I don’t want to have one at 30. I think maybe after 2 years of teaching abroad and traveling, that might be a good time to settle down. So I would be about… 24 or 25? Seems like a good age, if things are stable enough financially and such. In 10 years, my boyfriend and I should already own our first house. I’m really excited for that. Apartments are cute and all, but houses are the real deal. I’m not sure where our endgame will be in terms of location. I think after trying out new places and traveling, we’ll find a place that we love.
In 10 years, I hope that I’ve already published a book or two, or at least in the process of doing so. It’s definitely something I won’t give up on. I’d like to say that blogging will be like a full-time thing for me, but you can never tell with such things. It’s safe to say that I’ll probably settle down as an Elementary teacher if my other plans don’t work out. As long as I’m doing something that I enjoy, it shouldn’t really matter which one I go with.
Ultimately, in 10 years, I hope I’m happy. I see myself being way less stressed about small things, like I am now. I’ll finally be living with the love of my life, so that thought brings me happiness enough. I’ll have a stable income and still be finding the time to travel every so often. It probably won’t be as much of a priority as it is for me now and in 3 or 4 years. 10 years from now, I’d like to say I’ll come back and read this and see how close I was to living this life. Although I’m more likely to forget that I ever even wrote this.
Thank you all for reading! I actually kind of felt at peace writing this.