Ten years from now
We want a lot immediately because we don’t understand patience. What is your plan for the next ten years? Where would you like to be and do? How do you want your life to look? There is no point in comparing yourself to others because you have your own goals. It is, however, worth comparing yourself to the future you. Are the activities you partake in now going to transport you to the place you want to be in five years? If not, that means that you have to change something. No one will do it for you. You are responsible for your life and whatever you do with it. If you want to get to a place you aren’t familiar with, you must choose paths that are not familiar. You have to take risks and step into the unknown. That’s the only way to attain what you do not have now. Familiar terrain will yield what you already know. There is nothing wrong with that if that is what you are seeking. Corporate jobs give stability and working up the promotional ladder will get you predictable earnings and responsibility. You have time for yourself outside of work. You limit your stress and risk. You can estimate the earnings you will have in ten years, what you will be doing and where. If in fact, your goals lie outside the promises of a steady income, because you are looking for completely new areas to grow in, you have to know what you want to change. The more you want from life the higher the cost you will pay in order to get it. You will get nothing for free.
The satisfaction that flows from you undertaking difficult tasks should be enough, if like me, you are constantly on the move for more and better things. I do not want to stop developing. I know that there are always other peaks to climb and I need to move forward. I know that this comes with the price of constant effort and falls. I will never fully relax because the satisfaction of each reward is short lived. The journey is enough for me. I am happy to be able to keep going, even if the road ahead of me will last ten or twenty years. The struggle and the brief moments of respite give me the deepest gratification.
Life is a journey.
This text is an excerpt from my book How to survive your twenties which is now available on Amazon worldwide.