I am in my final year of my degree and I have no idea where I will be in 5 years time. And I am learning to embrace this.
Here are the my thoughts:
UNTIL NOW MY LIFE HAS BEEN METICULOUSLY PLANNED
Since the age of four, there has been an obvious ‘next step’. In Britain you move from Reception, to Year One. Primary school to Secondary school. Secondary school to College. Even University can seem ‘expected’ of teenagers today.
The question: “Where will I be in 5 years?” is one that can be quite daunting. It almost requires commitment. To a lifestyle, a career, a destination or specific people. When, in actual fact, you don’t need to commit to anything.
KNOWING ALL THE ANSWERS- WHERE’S THE FUN IN THAT?
“What are your plans after Uni?” or “What are you going to do with your degree?” are two questions Graduates are frequently asked. And frequently don’t know the answer to.
But, why is it so important to know the answer?
- Fear of disappointment. Nobody wants to be a ‘flop’. But question what your idea of ‘success’ is. For me, success is to be happy.
- Money. Spending over £30,000 on University education is far too much money to ‘throw away’. There is a lot of pressure to make sure you don’t ‘waste’ your degree.
There is almost a sense of sophistication in having a plan, but remember to do what YOU want to do.
5 YEARS FROM NOW
Where you will be in five years is just an estimated guess. People grow. People change. And you will continue to.
Embrace this, who knows how many adventures and successes the next five years will hold. Dream big.
Isn’t part of the fun NOT knowing?
I hope to be a better version of myself. To be happy in my career. To be a strong woman. To be well traveled, with piles of memories to go with it. I want to be genuinely satisfied with my life. I like the idea of constantly setting new goals, overcoming obstacles and grasping every opportunity.
It’s actually a wonderful feeling- a sort of freedom. You could be a number of things. The world is quite literally your oyster.
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