I made up answers. Every time I was asked I would give a slightly different answer. Truthfully, I had no idea. I highly admire the high schoolers that know what they want in life. All I knew was that I wanted to be happy & successful, but I was too afraid to admit it. I mean, c'mon, what successful person doesn't know what they want to do? Part of being successful is beginning with the end in mind-- knowing where you want to go!
Looking back, I've met my goals. I'm happy, and I like to think that I've had a successful 10 years. Successful by my standards, anyway, and that's what counts here.
I've come much further than I thought. I never planned to leave my hometown. Move 30 minutes away? No way! So to live 8 hours away is quite comical to me. Leaving there certainly didn't make me successful, but it became an important part of my story.
Never, ever in my wildest dreams did I imagine that I'd still have the same car! 8 years ago I started saving up to replace it when it broke down. If that savings hadn't been robbed so much over the years then I'd be buying a pretty sweet car right now!
I also never thought that being debt free would be a big part of my story. 10 years ago I didn't have any debt. It hadn't even crossed my mind.
I thought I would use math more. I wish I used math more.
I hoped to be married & have a family by now. I didn't have a plan for number of kids at this point in the game, but to have at least started having kids. I always saw myself as a family person. Check.
I assumed I'd have bought a house at this point. What a silly assumption! Houses are expensive! But sure enough, I did end up buying a
I kind of thought I'd be working in an office setting, dressing professionally, and not owning my own business. In fact, I decided at a young age that I never wanted to own a business. I saw how hard my dad worked & just didn't want to go through all that. I'm a lot more like my dad than I ever imagined I'd be. And my husband is a lot more like my dad than I ever imagined he'd be.
If someone walked up to me in 2004 and told me I'd be a wedding photographer in 2014 I would have had a good laugh. I would have thought it was awesome, but also something completely unattainable. Seriously-- that is a ton of expensive equipment to buy, and a lot of skill to invest in. Then again, I probably would have laughed at that even 5 years ago as I tried to figure out what PSAM meant on my camera. ;)
Happy & successful. So what if I'm not a lawyer or a figure skater... I'm right where I want to be.
What did you want to be? How has life adjusted your dreams?