I am a planner.
You know those people who have to arrive at the airport at least 2 hours ahead of departure time? Yeah, that's me. I write down everything I need to pack for a trip before I begin to pack, and don't cross anything off until each item has actually gone into the suitcase. When I travel for work, I actually type out my itinerary and print it out to have on me; also, I make sure to set alarms on my phone to make sure that I get to each to each date on time. Not only that? I even schedule downtime -- with alarms! -- on extensive trips, as well. I add things to my calendar months ahead of time, I make lists for everything.
In short, I love a plan.
And yet? In my world, there is no more annoying question to me than, "Where do you see yourself in 5 years?" And I cannot honestly tell you why that is. Maybe because 5 years seems like an awfully long time to plan ahead? Maybe because I secretly wish I was more spontaneous?
Earlier today, I took a walk, and was thinking that even though we're in the middle of summer, fall isn't that far away -- and historically, I start thinking about things like words of the year and vision boards around that time. So I started thinking about what I might want for the coming year... and as I was daydreaming, I remembered how employers used to love that "5-year-plan" question. And then I wondered .... should I have a five-year-plan? Now that I love what I do, do I need to start thinking more long term than just the coming year?
Do you know where you want to be in 5 years? Do you wish you did? Do you not care?
I'd love to hear your thoughts.
Image: Photographed with my Nikon D300, 17-50mm Tamron lens. aperture 7.1, shutter speed 1/100, ISO 200.