Saturday, March 19, 2016

Why I Don't Believe in Five Year Plans

We’ve all seen it on TV: the 30 years olds having a crisis because they realized their life is not what they thought would happen. Whatever plans they set out for themselves have not gone the way they expected, so they are unsure of their identity. There’s an anxiety about not becoming who you set out to be. The thing is, I don’t want to look at my life in five years and feel like I’ve failed. Therefore, I don’t believe in five years plans. I’m not entirely sure what I’m going to be having for breakfast tomorrow, and I find meal planning for a week difficult enough, so why would I place that kind of pressure on my life? The thing is, life is unpredictable. Most of the time, you can’t control that way things play out. Things are not going to work out just the way you intended it to, and that’s okay. Due to unforeseeable circumstances, I think it’s silly to map out your path for the next five years.

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That being said, I do have goals in mind that shape my decisions. Within the next five years, I WILL be graduating, and I WILL be looking for a job. However, am not putting an expiry date on my dreams. Dreams are fluid, and any moment in your life could change your dreams. I’ve changed so much in the past year, and I’ve found my dreams changing as I change. If I’m aiming for something to accomplish in five years, who’s to say I’m going to be happy with the choice five years ago me made? The truth is, I’m not sure where I will be in five years’ time. I could be in Canada, but I could also be back in the UK. Nothing is for sure, and there are no guarantees, but I know what I want my next step to be.
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All of this doesn’t mean I’m not focused on my goals for the future. I believe that to have a stable future, you need to have a stable present. Like I said before, life is uncontrollable, but you do have control over what your current priorities are. My focus is on what I’m doing right now, and right now, my major focus is graduating university. At the end of the year, I’m going to have to start applying for teacher’s college, and that’s my next step. I have a framework of goals and dreams that I base my decisions on, but those ideas don’t come with a leering time stamp. I’m not putting the pressure on myself to have my dream life in five years, but I’m slowly working my way to that life on a day to day basis. The thing is, your accomplishments will make you feel good no matter how long it takes for you to finish it. Five year plans might work for some people, but I don’t want to live my life according to a time-based success plan. Life will happen when you’re ready for it.
-Daniella