Where Do You See Yourself?

“What’s your five year plan, where do you see yourself next year? The year after? What are you doing with your life?” This has always been a tough question for me to answer. I don’t really know what I want to do with my life. I’m not sure what career path I want. I’m not sure what sort of commitments I’m ready for.

I think that perhaps I’ve always been looking to answer the question following a certain set of rules: the rules I had been brought up to follow; you go to school, you go to college, you go to university, you get a job, you get married, you have kids, and so on. I didn’t realize that there were other answers to this question.

Five years ago, if somebody asked me that dreaded question “where do you see yourself in five years time?” I would have had no idea, maybe living in London with my then-girlfriend doing some kind of job. I don’t really know, nobody has told me what to do next. I definitely wouldn’t have put myself on the verge of a third adventure.


Two years ago I was in Hamburg hanging out with a couple of dudes I’d never met before and only sort of knew through Twitter. If you’d asked me then where I saw myself only a year later I’d never have thought I’d be in New York with a group of awesome German doctors (who still have a dinner on me!) and a couple of friends I’d made only weeks previously in Miami.

Key West Bros

If you’d then asked me, where do I see myself next year I might have come close. I’d have probably said “South America, maybe Asia. I don’t know, but I’d be somewhere.”

Now that question is one of my favourites. When I hear the word where I start listing destinations, I imagine the endless places that I could see. There isn’t a place on Earth that doesn’t have at least one thing going for it that would tempt me. I recently read Rory Stewart’s The Places In Between; a compelling story of his incredible trek across Afghanistan. He had experiences from the good to the bad as anyone would, where ever they went. Now, I know most people don’t think of Afghanistan as an up and coming travel destination, if a destination at all, but people do go there and have the same incredible trip that you could have somewhere widely considered to be safe.


I can’t remember where I first saw the above map but I think it’s kind of relevant.
I love the fact that I don’t have a clue what I’m doing with my life and I know exactly what I want to do. I’d like to change the question though: where do you see yourself next?

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