Where do you see yourself in 5 years? This is a question I routinely relate to job interviews. I think it is important to ask mid career in order to clarify goals that lead towards a 5 year vision. I see myself managing a small group at my present employer. To get there, I need to take advantage of leadership opportunities and training. I also need to voice my intentions.
In terms of my whole life, when I think 5 years out, I think about how old the kids will be. My daughters will be in 4th grade and 6th grade. I will be 47 years old. That just sounds like an absolutely huge number. I expect to still be married to my current spouse and living in the house that is hopefully paid off by then. I expect to be driving a new SUV. I also expect to be involved in my kids’ activities, whether those are team sports, individual sports, or arts. As they will be older, it will be a lot more fun to play tennis, go bicycling or play any number of games with them. It seems like the glory time for monopoly and scrabble.
I want to have nurtured an indoor hobby by then. I would like to start playing chess and need to start polling for partners at my skill level or playing on line.
I see myself participating in more exotic travel. By that I mean moving beyond trips to visit family and going to active destinations. That could mean foreign travel, beach vacations, or ski vacations.
I see myself fit and vibrant. I am always willing to try new things and don’t feel like I have found my niche in terms of work or hobbies. I will have given crossfit a try. I will have gone skydiving.
I see myself as more spiritual. Going to the temple once a week or being a part of a religious studies group.
I see myself in the middle of writing a novel or memoire. I am reading more with an ear for what I like and dislike in compositions.