I’ve seen other bloggers doing “30 before 30” lists, in which they write down 30 things they’d like to have accomplished before they turn 30.
For me, 30 is only seven years away. It’s a little scary to think about – and because of that fear, I don’t like thinking too far ahead into the future. I prefer to take things a year at a time or even just a month, a week, or a day at a time. Thinking more than two years ahead freaks me out – and I don’t know if that’s a bad thing or not. I do have general plans for what I’d like to be doing with my life, but nothing specific.
It’s difficult to see what you’d want to be doing with your life five years in the future – or even just two. Life circumstances could drastically change in just a second. Not everything is entirely under your control. Plans can be made with precision and care, but just one tiny accident or misstep (whether it’s under your control or not) could totally tear up weeks of planning.
The best-laid schemes o’ mice an’ men
Gang aft agley…
-Robert Burns, “To a Mouse”
That’s why I’m not sure if I want to make a “30 before 30” list. Maybe a “5 before 25” list would be more accessible. Who knows? If I write down 30 goals today, I may not even care about accomplishing them within the next seven years. My interests may have changed. I suppose, like any list of goals, a “30 before 30” list should be updated and modified every so often. I understand the importance of goals and I do set goals for myself, but when everything can change so rapidly, it seems futile to cling so tightly to these goals without allowing room for change. This is definitely something to think about…