Ahh the infamous interview question: “Where do you see yourself in 5 years?”
I really struggle to answer this. Sure I can say something along the lines of “I would like to have more leadership responsibilities at my current employer” OR “Build a strong network in my field” OR “Have a positive influence in my community” and the list goes on… Don’t get me wrong, those are all things I hope to achieve in my career. But when I reflect, I mean REALLY reflect. Where do I see myself?
I couldn’t tell you. And this scares me. Of course I want to be successful, professionally AND personally. Who doesn’t? Having a stable career and a happy family are things everyone hopes to have in five years.
So many of us have goals and plans to achieve those goals, but life throws us curveballs and we must learn to navigate them. This is something I continue to struggle with. I’ve always been the kind of person who has a plan and without a plan, I stress out. I want to plan less and live in the moment. But that’s much easier said than done.
Five years sounds like a long time but in the blink of an eye it will all be over. I’m afraid that if I’m too consumed planning out my five year goals, I will forget to take moments to breath and enjoy that time. Sometimes having no plan is the best plan. I’m excited to see where life takes me without always stressing about what others may think or if what I’m doing fits the “norm”. I know that I will have many curveballs coming my way. But as Julian Pencilliah said “ When life throws you a curveball, be sure to hit the ground running”.
So come at me bro.
I know that in the end, life will have a funny way of working out.
Below, I wrote a short note to myself. I hope in five years, I am able to reflect back on this post and see how far I’ve come. I also hope this post makes sense to me and I don’t look back and think “Man was I crazy or what?!” :)
If you are reading this in 2024 know that you are strong, you are worthy. You have come a long way. Your mental health and happiness should be your life priority. No matter where you are career wise, make sure to continue to enjoy the small moments with your family and friends. Continue cherishing your parents and taking pride in your past. Having no plan can be the best plan. And always remember this:
“They plan, and Allah (swt) plans. Surely, Allah is the Best of Planners.” -The Holy Quran 8:30
Everything will happen for a reason.
IzzyBee from 2019
This post was different from my usual posts. I really reflected on my past experience to help shape my future self. If you’d like to see more content like this, comment below and let me know :)
That’s all for now!