25 Steps to a 25-Year Plan

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Two days ago I read on an Instagram caption (of course) about someone's 25-year plan. This is what happened next in my head:

  1. 25-year plan??
  2. Why don't I have a 25-year plan?
  3. Should I have a 25-year plan?
  4. What would be on it? 
  5. I wonder if a 25-year plan actually helps with making decisions about your life.
  6. I can't even make plans for a month from now.
  7. I'm an adult, I should be able to make plans for the future.
  8. And do them.
  9. I'm probably more able to have a 25-year plan at this point in my life than at any other point.
  10. In 25 years I'll be in my 50s. 
  11. Hmm, I have my entire life to live over by the time I reach my mother's age. 
  12. Where do I want to be in 25 years? 
  13. What if the world comes to an end before then? 
  14. That'd be such a waste, to make plans for a world that wouldn't exist anymore. 
  15. No, enough of that conversation
  16. What would be on my 25-year plan? 
  17. This kind of plan would be much easier to do if I were married, if I had children. 
  18. This kind of plan would be much easier if I knew I were not going to marry, if I never had children.
  19. But so much of life is about being flexible, about adjusting course, and it's good to look toward a fixed point on the horizon.
  20. It can take a lot of adjusting course to reach a fixed point on the horizon.
  21. I work so much better with short term, fixing-course type plans. 
  22. It makes sense to think of these smaller decisions, smaller steps as a part of a larger, broader plan.
  23. Why not set down on paper some specifics about what where I'd like to be, what I'd like my life to look like in 25 years. 
  24. That seems so far away. And so...soon.
  25. Okay, yes, what should be on my 25-year plan? 

(Oh, Instagram.) 

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