How many times have you been asked what your five-year plan is? How many times did you have a well thought out answer for that question? If you had more than one time, well congratulations to you. I don’t think I’ve ever had one confident time where I’ve concocted a five-year plan that will actually fall in place.
If you asked me five years ago what my five year plan was, I’m sure it would go something along these lines:
In five years, I plan to be in a good job in sales & marketing. I will have been promoted at least once. I’ll be happily living in the District of Colombia with my current boyfriend and we’ll do lots of fancy things in the city. I’ll be traveling, for work and for pleasure, frequently. I’ll have a puppy and have had Lasik.
All of these lofty dreams I had thought about and wanted to be true. At twenty, that was honestly the idea I had of myself.
The next five years haven’t held true to that dream. I did adopt a dog, which subsequently broke the Lasik dream because dogs are expensive! I continued for a solid 12-months in my sales leasing associate job before realizing that selling apartments on the regular is just not for me. I’m not a person who can honestly convince someone to sign up for something they don’t want.
I realized that actually living in the city wasn’t for me, and that Arlington, right outside of DC, is the much better option.
I broke up with my boyfriend at the time, or rather I should say, we let the relationship fall by the wayside.
Now here I am, two jobs, two boyfriends, and five different apartments later. I wonder if I’m going to be as “off” on my predictions for the next five years and I was last time. I hope that the little bit of adulting and growing up I’ve done has given me a bit more solid forecast on my future.
I’ve been thinking about the future a lot recently and how there’s so much that’s uncertain. How much my “plan” will really work out, or how much I’m fooling myself.
20-year old Alanna was pretty clueless, and 25-year old Alanna is just a little less clueless. But only time will tell.
Five years ago, where did you think you’d be? Did you end up there?