Where will you be in 10 years?

When I was a tot, there was no doubt in my mind I would be a doctor when I grew up.  Specifically, a medical examiner.

I was a morbid kid.

In high school, my girlfriends would huddle together around a bonfire and play the “where will everyone be in 10 years” game.  I was 16 at the time, and by now I was living in Minnesota, popping out 2-3 ginger kids (my friends specified that my kids would be crazy and unmanageable…I’m still not sure why), and working as a writer.  Mind you, this was what my friends had planned for me and not exactly what I had picked out for myself.

By the time college came around, I knew that I had ZERO interest in chemistry, which meant my dream of cutting up corpses was gone.  I finally found some interesting psychology classes and threw in an English major for good measure.  My dreams were to become a profiler like BD Wong in Law & Order: SVU.

This brings us to right now.  I’m not a medical examiner nor am I BD Wong.  I realized that my dreams have always been about helping people and getting justice.

Does that mean I will work with cops?  Does that means I will work with criminals?  Does that mean I will work with victims of crimes?  I have no idea, but I’m getting a Masters in Counseling so that someday I might be able to help someone.

In the meantime, I’m living in Cali and I have zero ginger babies.  Most likely, my kids will pop out Asian, but that won’t happen for a long time.

Did you ever play the “where will you be in 10 years” game?  Are you doing what you always dreamed of doing?


p.s. Thanks for the topic, Bea!


11 thoughts on “Where will you be in 10 years?

  1. In 10 years I will be spending summers in MN teaching my grandbabies how to water ski. And I’ll be spending my winters in CA learning Chinese as a second language with my other grandbabies. Sounds GRAND to me.

  2. I think I need to learn Chinese with your mother. It’s a good 10 year plan goal.

    In all seriousness, I had no real vision of what I wanted my life to look like. But I would say right now, things are pretty darned good.

    • That’s awesome. I feel like my hopes and dreams have had the same themes throughout my life, but I’m learning more and more about what I specifically want to do.
      But then there are days when I want to be an animal rescue worker, chef, columnist, tour guide, etc. Ahhh well.

  3. I used to play this game! And it certainly didn’t turn out the way I thought. In 10 years I’ll be 38 (yikes) and I hope to have my own freelance writing business, live somewhere warm, and travel a lot.

    • Not bad goals! I can’t even think 2 years in advance right now, let alone 10. *gulp* I like to adopt the hippie mindset of “It’s all about the journey, man.”

  4. Life takes funny turns. When I was a kid, I wanted to be a writer. Then I turned sensible, and took two university degrees, one in economics and one in business. I went on to work for over 10 years, then left to raise my kids. Oh yeah, and what am I doing now? Writing books!

  5. You would be an excellent BD Wong-like profiler. Only cooler, and funnier. I never played the 10 year game per-se, but after a winding career path, I am doing exactly what I am meant to be doing. I never dreamed that I would be where I am, but I’m sure glad I am!

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