Ten years ago I had a small crisis. I was a newlywed, which made me very happy; but I had absolutely no idea what else I should do with my life. So I took a minimum-wage job at a farmer's market and crossed my fingers that I would somehow figure it out.
What I didn't know then was the power of visualization. Had you asked me what I wanted my life to look like in 10 years, I wouldn't have had an answer, because I didn't know what I wanted.
That's the root of the problem. We can only be truly happy if we figure out what it is that we want in life. Without it, we will chase down countless paths, always searching for the one that leads to our own happy ending.
Today, instead of writing my own story, I ask you: Where do you see yourself in 10 years? And what are you doing today to achieve this vision?
The possibilities are endless, which is equally fun and terrifying. So ask yourself a few questions:
Do you want to be financially well off, and are you willing to work hard towards that goal? Or are you happy with less money and less work?
Do you want to be a parent in 10 years?
Do you want to be a home owner? What are you doing today to make this happen in the future?
Are you dreaming of travelling the world? If you are, do it now. If you don't have a lot of money, rough it (hello hostels and backpacking!); if you feel you don't have the time, make the time. You never know what the future holds - a lot of things can happen in 10 years. If you are healthy, strong, and curious now, go out and explore!
Sit down tonight, make yourself comfy in your favourite spot with a tasty beverage of your choice, and really think about it: Where you see yourself in 10 years. Go into detail: decorate your dream home up to the last throw pillow, name your future children, look at a map and imagine pins in all the places you want to have seen by then.
P.S. Head over to the lovely Ada to wish her a happy birthday!