May 21, 2019-
The title is one of the exercises that a person either starting out, or in mid-career, is often asked by Life Coaches and Mentors to undergo. “Where will you be, ten years from now?” The purpose, as I understand it, is to encourage long-term goal setting that is relatively specific, and demonstrates a knowledge of trends.
I have, after finishing reading of my brother, Dave’s, book, gone through a “Ten Years Out”, of sorts. There will, no doubt, be a mix of adventure and normalcy, or maybe the two combined on a day-to-day basis. Looking at my 78 1/2 year-old-self reminds me to keep up with my current health regimen, and in some respects I may need to double down on certain elements of said regimen. I certainly hope to still be hiking then, and being able to exercise regularly.
I allow for the role of grandparent, for volunteering and/or part-time employment in whichever community I find myself. I allow for service to my Faith and for travel, both nationally and internationally, though much of that will have been achieved (God-willing), by the time my Diamond Jubilee (75) rolls around.
I realize that, at this age, some may find a “Ten Years Out” a bit presumptuous. All I can say to that is, while it’s true, to some extent, that “Man plans and God laughs”, it is useful to have a framework- and if that framework needs to be adjusted in the face of reality, then changes can be made as needed.
A lot of this may sound similar to previous posts that discuss plans. I guess that makes me fairly consistent. As long as I’m useful, though, it’s all good.