Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Five Years From Now

For fun, why not? I've always said, and will continue to say, that the millions of possible ways I choose to live my life I will be happy with. A world traveler? Making a living being a photographer for swimsuit calendars, or living from bank-heist to bank-heist--I have very few regrets once I actually decide to do something.

Deciding is the hard part.

I can list the truly difficult decisions I've had to make in my entire life on one finger. I have much more practice keeping all of my possibilities open.

Get good grades in school and do well enough on the SAT so I can get into a college of my choice, check. Graduate college so I can get a better-than-minimum-wage job, check. Be a nice person to most everyone I meet on the chance I run into them again, check. And... that's about as far as I've gotten.

As a single, nearly 25-year old, half-decent human being-- the world is my oyster. I can go back to school, I can travel, I can do just about anything--but WHAT DO I WANT TO DO? Where do I want to be 5 years from now?

Well, here's the current answer:

--I want to be living in Seattle, preferably not Greater Seattle, but Actual Seattle.
--I want to be in love with a witty, intelligent, sporty, family-wanting, friendly, optimistic and nerdy woman. Possibly working on starting a family, but that would have to depend on the situation (I've always thought between 30-35 would be a great age for having children--but my Dad was 40 when he had me).
--I want to be teaching middle school or older, or at least make a serious attempt within 5 years. I kick fucking ass at temping, but I want to make more of a difference. And I want benefits.
--I want to be active. This could be riding a bike to and from work; playing in various city-league sports teams; playing ultimate; coaching youth sports.
--I want to keep my great friends and add a few more, to have an amazing network of friends to grow old with.

I could just end up being a perfectly content hobo in San Francisco, who knows--but the above is what I've got my eyes set on right now. Also, who knows about kids? The more I think about it, the more I would like to have kids, but I also realize how much of a life-changer it would be for me, because there is no way in hell I'd ever be a bad, neglectful parent.

So, where do YOU want to be 5 years from now? It doesn't matter if you already have children, or if your future is as uncertain as mine, I'd love to hear it. Heck, even if you love where you are right now, and you just want things to keep being perfect let me know...

(so I can punch you in the face! hah!)
(also, feel free to put *do not make public* if you just want to tell me without telling the world, and I won't publish the comment)

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Blogger waking jonas said...

yesterday my boss took us out for lunch because it was administrative professionals' day. then he asked us where we wish we could be in 10 years if we could do whatever we wanted.

i thought about it and said i wish i could go to design school. but i also said i want to have at least one kid so i don't know how that would fit into the equation.

6:22 PM  
Blogger meanhappyguy said...

I see your point--I can't really see myself doing much else besides work while trying to raise a kid.

Hopefully before you get started on children you'll get a chance to try out design school. There are some great ones in Seattle.

If it doesn't happen before, you can always try again later. When I was up in Seattle in November, Tyler and I went to his Dad's first ever display of water-color paintings (he started doing water-colors only a year ago)--they were amazing.

Dare I pester my boss for a belated Administrative Professionals' Day lunch tomorrow?? Or I can fib and say it is a week-long celebration...

7:31 PM  

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