Every business consultant says you should have a five-year plan and a ten-year plan, but let’s face it, life seldom cooperates, it just happens as cartoonist Allen Saunders pointed out back in 1957. (No, John Lennon didn’t make it up, just repeated it.)
This truism was born home to me rather forcibly in 2014/15. Losing my husband to bladder cancer wasn’t in the plans, but it happened. Since then, I have tried not to sweat the small stuff, and there’s a lot of small stuff.
Should I have a one-year plan and a five-year plan and a ten-year plan for my career? Probably. But do I? Not really. I know it’s not possible to predict the future in the kind of detail that a plan requires. Future trends can be predicted, sometimes, though the predictions are often wrong or way off target as to timing. I’m still waiting for my jet pack and flying car!
So what do I think (hope) my life will be like in ten years? Not in any order.
- First and foremost, I hope I’m still in reasonably good health ten years from now.
- Lots more books & novellas written and published; more royalty money earned.
- Lots of travel to blog about for Tuesday Travels. I have quite the travel bucket list.
- A circle of dear family members and friends.
Do I have dreams of winning awards and making bestseller lists? Not really. I don’t have any control over that. What I can control is maintaining a reasonable healthy lifestyle, getting the writing done, maintaining relationships with loved ones, and not passing up any opportunity to travel.
I really need to work on that healthy lifestyle thing. But my niece is planning to grill pork chops on the BBQ tonight. There’s always tomorrow, right?
How good are you at planning?
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