Number 22 – Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years? 15 years?
This is a funny topic because Paul & I were just talking about our philosophies with goal-setting. I don’t really have long-term goals – ever. I never answered this question growing up because I never knew the answer. Perhaps it’s because we moved around all the time (in 14 years in the same town, I lived in 11 different places). I guess not being stable has contributed to my ignorance when asked what my future might hold. I simply wanted to be wherever I was in 5, 10, or 15 years – I didn’t have a vision for what that might have been. For myself, I’ve never felt the need for goals because God’s going to lead me where He wants me, and He’ll do it through whatever forming way He will use. Some might say that’s a “cop out” but honestly I don’t see it that way. I see it as a trust that God has it figured out and I’ll know what it’ll be like when I get there.
Paul reminded me that I am a good planner and skilled at short-term goals, like Monday Meanderings. He thinks that I am averse to uncertainty therefore I’m comfortable making daily and weekly goals but when there’s a greater chance that situations can change, I don’t like to make goals. He has a point and is probably correct in some of his assessment. I will point out that one of my biggest life goals was to move overseas permanently to work in the mission field. After 11 years of mission work and being within a month or two of fulfilling that goal (I was doing all the final prep work), it fell through a month before I met Paul – there was a reorganization in structure and they needed someone to stay stateside to help with language and security training. So, I did have a long-term goal once!
With this question, I don’t really have a hard-lined answer and I’m ok with that. I’d like to say that I’ll still be married to the amazing man I call my husband with our beautiful and energetic kids. I’d like to be ever-closer to a deeper understanding of Christ and His work on my behalf. I hope we’ll do some traveling as a family (domestic and overseas) and also that we’ll enjoy wherever we are at. That’s all I’ve got for you. Asking me for a more specific vision of where I see myself is futile. It’s like Balderdash – I hate that game because I know there’s a real definition of the word out there, so I can’t make one up because I’m trying to think of the real one. I feel as if I set long-term goals to achieve then I’m kind of forcing my wish of what I want onto God’s plans for me. I know that might seem erroneous but that’s my thinking. It is very important that I add that this is only how I view goals for myself – I certainly don’t knock anyone else for having long-term goals, I will never judge someone for knowing what they would like to see later in life, that is a good thing. Who knows, I might end up trying it someday.
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Tomorrow is #23 – What’s your favorite holiday and why?
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