Monday, 30 July 2012

Five years can be a long time

As some of you may know, earlier this year I had to deal with quite a number of job interviews. These were never fun, but there was always one question that I hated above the rest:
'Where do you see yourself in five years?'
So let's think about this for a minute. Where were you five years ago? At that time did you ever think that you would ever be where you are today? I'm betting that your answer is no.
Five years ago I was 18 years old, studying at Doncaster College, working part time in a retail store, enjoying the Doncaster nightlife on a weekly basis, and I had recently met some 'random guy' I kind of liked at a party.
Today I am 23 years old, living in Bradford, working at a hotel Receptionist, I do a lot of crafts and photography, and this month I celebrated my 5th Anniversary with the previously mentioned 'random guy', Mike. A lot of things have changed.
Back in 2007 there is no way that I would have expected any of the above to happen. Since leaving college I have been in and out of retail management in various locations, I have worked at an airport which required some interesting wake up times, I have travelled (although not nearly enough yet), I have overcome some difficult problems, and I have met loads of great people.
If all this (and much more) can happen to me in those five short years, how on earth is it possible for me to tell anyone where I plan to be when I'm 28? I. Certainly didn't plan the last five years. More to the point, I don't WANT to plan each day of the future. Surely part of the fun is not knowing exactly where you are going?
Don't get me wrong, I'm not irresponsible. I will think about my decisions, I'll save money in the future, and there are some things that I would like to go a certain way. But honestly, who really knows what will happen?

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