I went on a job interview at the beginning of this year and the last question my prospective employer posed to me was, “Where do you see yourself in five years?”
I answered it as best as I could, though I definitely flubbed it a bit (I had come to the conclusion that I didn’t want the job two questions into the interview, so it didn’t matter how I responded anyway). Later that day, when I was on my way home, I realized that I only had the vaguest ideas of what I saw for myself in five years’ time. When it came down to the specifics, I really had no idea what it was that I wanted.
When I was 23, I wrote out a “25 Before 25” list. I even posted about it here, and for a while I made notes about the progress and updates I was making on the list. It had things like “run a 5K” and “travel solo” and “go apple picking” on there — a mix of things that could either be easily achieved or only accomplished through a combination of hard work and determination. After a while, I didn’t keep up with the list; 25 came and went without it being completed. Even now, when I take a look at what I set out to do, I have only done 18 of the 25 things I told myself I’d do before I turned 25.