Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Go ahead and take a minute to think about it . . . (One minute later) This is a question I asked myself a lot and I do not really know how to answer it. In working to find my passion, I think of what I imagine myself doing in 5 years once college is over and I enter the “real world”. Although I do not know what my passion is, I do have an answer to this question but it is unlike most people’s. Far too often when people are asked this question they will say they see themselves working at a hospital or sitting in some cubical at some corporation. Where do I see myself? I see myself on a beach with a dog, preferably a golden retriever.
This question was asked during a group activity one time and the above answer is the one I gave. After I answered, the people in the group criticized for my answer because it did not have to do with the career I was going to have. Maybe it is just because my career path is still blurred to me but I do not see why the “right” answer to that question has to do with what career you will be in. Are you telling me that in 5 years they only thing that is going to matter is what job I have? If that is the case, then I would like to freeze time so that I never make it to 5 years from now.
In 5 years are our jobs going to be the only thing that defines use? How did you answer the question? I bet most of you saw yourselves in what job you will be doing or moving up in your current job. Don’t get me wrong if you love your job and are passionate about it, I can completely understand if you let your work define you. I also hope to achieve that in my own life. However, if you do not wake up every morning excited to go to work and even if you do, I feel like you could be answering this question a little differently. Maybe you see yourself on top of a mountain, traveling the world, or just on a beach with a dog. Whatever the case maybe there should be more to the answer than just what your career will be.
Why is so much pressure put on us, mainly kids from high school to college, to know what we want to do anyway? Do we really need to come out of college knowing exactly what we want to do? Thinking about this brought me to a realization, sometimes in life you just need to let things work themselves out. Just live life, take the opportunities that are given to you and figure things out from there. Yeah, I could say I am going to be the CEO of Nike when I am older but who really knows. What if I get the opportunity to start my own business right out of college? You can make all the plans you want but life likes to throw curveballs, and change-ups, and sometimes the kitchen sink. So I say, unless you really know what you want, just go with the flow. Live your life with the goal of being happy and success with follow you.
Even though life throws you curves, there will always be some things you want. For example, no matter what my career is I am always going to see myself with a dog. This I know is not going to change. When you have goals you are truly desire to achieve, make it happen. Don’t let life’s curves mess up you plans whether it is something as simple as having a dog or a dream of becoming a recording artist. However, for me I do not know what I want to do so I am going to live life and let things fall into place. I am going to take the opportunities that I get and hope that through one of these opportunities my career path becomes clear.
I do not really get nervous a lot or worry too much and people often ask me how I do it. It is simple; I do not pay attention to the little things, I just focus on the important things. Yes, some people may argue that picking a career is important but I disagree. Having a job to support myself is important but I don’t need to pick a career yet. I believe that if you focus on the important things in life, the rest of the stuff will work itself out. So ask yourself in 5 years from now, will you be focusing on the important things or are you worrying about the little things?