I recently did the yearbook for graduation which suggests that the days are counting down and soon I will only be able to look at this book filled with pictures, words and memories of my time at university. In this yearbook, we had to fill in a section asking about our time at university and describing our favourite moments and who influenced us the most. I didn’t really know what angle I wanted to fill it in- should it be a funny, light-hearted section or should I dig into the darkest soul and unleash the shade? I thought maybe I should write from the heart but in the end, I thought it was a mixture of those things.
One question did make me think though. “Where do you see yourself in five years time?”. I have never had to answer this question before, people would normally ask me what I would want to do in the future, there was never a specific number. They could have asked what would you want to be in a year’s time or in 10 years time, tell us how life is?. Why does it have to be five? When I saw that question, I was stuck in thinking what I would write, the truth, a prediction or an over-elaborated lie? I mean, if I told the truth which is I don’t really know, ask me again when five years time. If I tell a lie, it would be I will be sitting on a yacht in the middle of my expensive resort while my husband cooks me food and we are just loving life and never have to work, yup it is so fake. But if I predicted my life in five years then I guess that’s a middling between the truth and edging on a lie. So, I just asked my heart and head what I could see my life and I found myself writing: ‘In five years time, I would be well into my future dream career, managing my life both financially and socially. I would have liked to have gone on at least one holiday with my family where I paid for it and I thought it would be nice to be engaged or planning a wedding by then’. I think that answer is the most honest I could give to myself and anyone who will read It.
I know I can’t predict the future or that these plans and aspirations in five years time would probably not come true the way I see it in my head or might not even happen at all, but I think it’s nice to have something to look back on and compare how my life as a 25/26 years old compares to when I was 20/21 years old and just a university graduate about to explore the undiscovered adventures that life will throw at her.
I can’t wait to see what the future me will or will not be doing and in a way that’s an exciting journey to figure out.