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soundofmind says...

This is kind of hard to do for me, 'cause I don't really like to dream big? One, because life takes unexpected turns, and two, because the things I want today I might not want in a year, never mind ten years. That, and that good 'ol fear of disappointment keeps me from looking too high into the clouds HA! *slaps knee and cries pathetically* But uh, I'll write some things I guess. It's cool to look back at what everyone else wrote so... yeah!

I'll be 31 in ten years. That sounds like a long time, but I have a feeling it'll fly by in a minute.

I'd like to have one book published. The one I'm working on now. I want to have it in paper, in my hands. A book I can show to people and say I made it, and they can read it, and I can feel like I finished something.

I'd like to be a better person than I am now. And I know that sounds like the most non-specific thing in the universe, but I hope that my heart will have grown - that I'll have a greater capacity to love more people with more of my heart and to not hold back out of self-preservation, fear of rejection, and all the things that hold me back now. And like, I'd hope this would happen more than 10 yrs into the future, but I'd also like to just be... more confident in my identity. More confident in general.

I'd like to be able to give more financially. Whatever that looks like. Financial stability sounds nice, but I'm not worried about it.

I'm kind of just "meh" about marriage and kids at this point. I like being single quite a lot, but if I were to fall in love, I wouldn't fight it. Or - well, I would (LOL), but I'm just saying I don't know where I'd be at with that, and I'm just kind of like... well, whatever happens, happens. No goals in that arena. At this point, I don't really want to be married. It's not like, a strong desire in my heart so. Who knows. We'll see.

I'd like to have different people in my life though where I'm speaking into their lives. Younger people, kids, teens, whatever. If I could ever mentor or just help people in any capacity - with just... life things - I'd wanna do that.

I'd also like to still be connected with my siblings and parents. Close to my sisters and brother. Have a better relationship with my dad.

And I'd wanna still be doing the job I'm doing in missions, God willing. I'd like to be proficient in playing guitar and piano, know music theory, and maybe actually get the hang of harmonica. Leading worship, maybe having a team.

It'd also be nice to have an album or two out of songs, professionally recorded and mixed. I'd really like that...

I am a super duper pooper! : )

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TheSilverFox says...

Alive? Alive is preferable?

Best case scenario, I have that Master's in Nuclear Chemistry from the Colorado School of Mines, and I'm working at a government laboratory, but lol I'm fine with a lot of intermediates.

Other stuff includes

-get some poetry published (and maybe a short story or two)
-play piano in front of an audience (no, the people sitting ten feet away in brown hall don't count)
-suck less
-figure out this whole 'real world' thing
-survive college and survive a job
-grow up a little bit
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Carina says...

gurl you better let me know when your album drops cuz it's gonna be straight fire
(I really hope I look at this 10 years from now and see how much today's lingo has changed... will this be equivalent of me saying it's radical/tubular? HMMMM)

It's interesting that you're looking into a nuclear field with a government lab, because weirdly enough, that's probably what I'm going to be doing soon, minus the Master's and nuclear major, lol. Good luck! Tough, but worth it.

Annnnnyways, I love writing time capsules to myself, so I hope we can resurrect this thread again ten years from now to see if this came true. whisperwhisper *plz let YWS still be alive*

  • Stable career. Obviously I'd have already graduated with a Bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering since that's happening in 6 months (omg WHAT), and I see my life forking in two paths: work in a nuclear plant on the West Coast, or work in a government nuclear facility on the East Coast. Right now, I'm leaning towards the East Coast, mostly because I'd likely stay there long-term, and also because of my next point...
  • Marriage. I'm almost certain I'd marry my current boyfriend of almost 5 years. by then (Which, btdubs, he's working in the government facility on the East Coast right now.) In fact, we've talked about getting married in a court house right away to save thousands of dollars on taxes, and then using that money to pay for a real wedding a few years down the road lol hashtag working-the-system. We're prety anti-stereotypical-cookie-cut-weddings that include diamond engagement rings and a $1000 wedding cake, so honestly, I can see my wedding taking place along a quiet beach with ~30 people we're close with, sharing stories and sipping champagne while we reminisce our younger days. But that's a story for another day. :P
  • No kids yet. I don't want to have kids at least until I'm 30, and even that is kind of young for me >_> boi I worked hard for my degree, so I want to focus on my career first.
  • Owned business. I'd like to one day make my own business with my partner, so hopefully ten years from now, we'd have some kind of business idea. Bonus points if we actually execute it.
  • Owned property. I'd love to have owned a house or duplex (own, then rent the other half) by the time I'm 30. Gotta get on that property investment game, yo.
  • Spoil myself with my hobbies. I'd love to have a whole room of my house devoted to a music studio and a writing/study area! Obviously, this means I'd have to actively play my violin and write a lot. Oh, and YWS. That counts as a hobby, right? :p
  • Nerd out. I''ll definitely be moving away from friends and family, but I think I can easily make a bunch of friends with my peers from work. Hopefully I'll have at least made a few great friends that we'll nerd out and have weekly ultimate DnD sessions. And by ultimate, I mean we're going big. I'd want to own a 3D printer so we can print out our characters and maps (in pieces, like legos, that we can build). It'll be so nerdy... omg I can't wait
  • Stay connected. Even though I'll move away from almost everyone I know, I'd like to remain in contact with my close friends and family. So, visit at least once a year, since I'll have to take a plane. now

lol this sounds like New Years resolutions
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TriSARAHtops says...

So in 10 years time I will be 31... which seriously seems like a proper grown up, yikes.

I'd like to think I'll be living overseas or at least have had spent a fair amount of time abroad. Hopefully I'll be done with uni (I mean, I should be done with undergrad in the next couple of years lol, but if I go on to do masters or something) and have a job that isn't retail/hospitality. Something that allows for a bit of travel would be awesome, maybe something language-related or working for an NGO or something that promotes education or opportunities for women in disadvantaged areas or just generally doing something that doesn't make the world worse appeals to me as well. But I really don't know??? I'm thinking of teaching English overseas somewhere after uni so maybe I might be doing something along those lines??

(Is it clear that I have no idea what I want to do with my life? Mainly I'd have ideally worked that out at least a little bit by then?)

I like to think I'd maybe be in a serious relationship by this point (or at least have had one or more)? Not married, necessarily, and I really doubt I'd have kids by this stage. But I'd like to be in love with someone. And I'd like to have a really close, tight-knit group of friends in my life.

I'd like to think I'm still being creative in some way? Still writing (hahahahaha let's pretend that I've written anything more than a couple of pages in the last couple of years, shall we?) and it'd be cool if I'd finished a novel, don't really care if it's published.

Oh, and hopefully I'll be able to speak a few more languages. I'll hopefully be way more fluent in French by then, and if I could be vaguely fluent in Russian as well that'd be wicked. Maybe I'll finally learn some German, and hopefully pick up some other languages, ideally by living in other countries.

So yep. Super vague. Hopefully I'll still drop by YWS from time to time.
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Coffeeism says...

Honestly, I've been avoiding this thread for two reasons. Firstly, like soundofmind, I don't dream big because life doesn't make any sense most of the time ha, but more so because I don't trust my own ability to make sense. Secondly, I suck at this kind of stuff, because I don't want to imagine how disappointing I'll be in 10 years, if I even survive adulthood that long lol okay sorry I'll stop.

In 10 years I'll be 30 *whistles*. Here we go...

I'd like to have completed the Associates Degree of Creative Writing I plan on starting early next year. I'd also like to have real-life friendships with other writers and creative peoples. Livin' that bohemian lifestyle, yo ~

I'd like to have a stable career that is creative writing related. This doesn't mean I need to be a successful novelist (although it wouldn't hurt to be one, y'know). I can see myself being part of projects that are bigger than myself, such as writing for film, fascilitating writing communities, running writing workshops etc. Heck, I could even be a critic for art/music/film/writing. Whenever I picture myself as a lone novelist/author, it just seems so lonely... idk.

At the very least, I'd rather not be working a minimum-wage café job. And while we're on the subject, I'd like to be financially independent, with enough money + time to spend on hobbies.

I'd like to have lived in Japan with my younger sister for a year... maybe two years... maybe three. Somewhere in nature, because cities and large towns unsettle me after a while.

As far as marriage goes... Maybe? Maybe not? Time just flies so quickly and before I know it it's like, "Hey, maybe I should have kids? etc." and the patriarchy comes knocking. I don't feel ready for that at all right now. I wouldn't mind being significantly less single than I presently am sometime during the next 10 years, but I'm comfortable with my own company just the same.

Um, I hope to still be vegan in 10 years, and not be a lazy home cook.

And I'd like to dissappoint myself less. I really, really would. I feel like I've already caused enough recent disappointment to fill up 10 years. Regardless of anything I'm doing in 10 years, I'd like to be proud of myself. (and wiser, and a better person in general)

I also hope to be consistently active on YWS during the next decade c:
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Eros says...

I wasn't even here when this thread was opened... And I wasn't knowing about this thread, until a few days before.

In my next ten years, I'll be 29 (eew) and would have completed my Masters in Chemistry and also probably PhD in it. I would have got a job as a lecture in some college and might also be taking coaching classes in chemistry for engineering and medical entrance examinations.
I will be having a brand new guitar and a piano and my dream car. I don't think, anyone would ever marry me, and some where inside I also don't want to get married... Even if I get married I don't at all want to have kids. I would also be having an Alaskan Dog, and chilling in the vacations.

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TheSilverFox says...

@Carina: Haha, cool! I'd probably end up working on the west coast (WEST COAST BEST COAST), but it'd be kinda neat to work in a government facility or laboratory. At the very least, I'd like a bachelors in Chemistry, which I could hopefully spin into either nuclear or pharmaceutical work? A lot of it's still up in the air, to be honest. xD
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Bellarke says...

I see myself as a lonely 26 year old who works in a library, and has a cat and two dogs, living in a cabin in the forest, all alone, no love, just animals....
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SnowMonkey says...

Well in 10 years from now (I'd be almost 25) I'll probably still be living with my parents, working at some crappy job until I'm satisfied with an amount of money I've saved. Okay but realistically I could never wait that long to move out

Then I would go to Disney World for Mickey Mouse's 100th birthday. Priorities man.
Hopefully after that I'd grow up haha nope and move out and get a place with my twin sister, oh and get a dog.
Hopefully by this time I would have something ready to publish too.

Later on I may go to Europe and then come home and finally grow up maybe go to school for God only knows what.

And hopefully, after all that time, I would have finally accepted the fact that Fluffy, my stuffed bear, is gone and never coming back.

Oh and hopefully I would have ridden in a hot air balloon by then. That'd be sweet.

pfft I said "hopefully" like so many time

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StellaThomas says...

Wow, I wish I had done this ten years ago! I really would love to know where fifteen year old me saw twenty-five year old me.

Twenty-five year old me sees thirty-five year old me in quite a boring way.

I will be married, because I'm getting married next year.

I plan on having my kids before I'm thirty-five 'cos I'm terrified of all those complication rates rising, so I will hopefully have three children, but I also do not take this one for granted because things can often be difficult to predict in that particular area.

I will be a GP, because I'm on the training scheme that will finish in 2022. Hopefully by then, I'll have my own practice in some shape or form, which I hope to open with a close friend but I suppose we'll see how those plans go. We would love to have a GP practice together and raise our young families together. But that all depends.

Boy may or may not be a consultant by then, it all depends on how long he decides to take getting to the top. Neither of us are in much of a rush career wise xD

We will probably be living in Ireland, either Dublin or Galway. I would love to move to Scotland for a couple of years in between times, but it really all depends on Brexit etc etc etc.

And maybe, hopefully, I'll have a novel published by then. Maybe even two!
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Hmmm I guess I better do this, otherwise I'll regret in ten years.

31 year old me I hope will have more of a career down pat. But I can't say that for sure.

I think I'll hopefully be doing pretty good with my art- selling it and what-not but I don't expect that to be much more than a little bit of side income and fun. Who knows though!

I don't know if I'll have finished a novel, but I hope to be long finished a project that I'm only now starting on- which would involve some form of publishing whether it be self or otherwise.

I kinda hope I'm married by then! When my sister got engaged my bf was like "Are you jealous" ;) lol

And kids! I'm not sure about this one. I mean, my boyfriend wants to have kids quite late in life, but I want to have them more like in my late twenties early thirties... so, we'll have to see.

I also see myself *hopefully* owning some sort of house or something. Maybe that's too much to wish for but that's been a big goal of mine for the last couple years. So we'll see.

And I really can't see myself anywhere but Canada.
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alliyah says...

I'm glad people are filling up this thread again! :)

Someone please tag me when it's been ten years so I can see what happens!

In 10 years I'll be 32 which doesn't seem all that much older than 22 - but significantly more adulty.

In 10 years I'll be done with this Master's degree program, and will maybe have started or finished a doctorate program too? If I don't end up going for a doctorate I'm cool with that.

I'm sure it'll be weird to not be in school after I've been at it so long, but I hope I'll still be learning and reading.

I want to have some research papers published by then, there's a few papers that I started in undergrad that I've continued to develop in grad school, and I would love love love to get those published some day.

I will hopefully be living in the same state as my sister or at least close enough to be able to easily make a day-trip to visit her - seems a bit sentimental I guess - but that's one of my life goals.

If I'm married I guess I might have children by then? My parents had me in their early 30s so that seems reasonable. But who knows!

Other random stuff, by 32 I hope I can have my life together enough to have paid off or almost have paid off my student debt (right now that's pretty do-able thank goodness), I want to be one of those adults who gardens or has a bunch of house plants (right now I have just one plant in my room), and I will hopefully be cooking less of my food in microwaves.

OH ALSO - by age 32 I hope I would have had a chance to finally have caught up with all of the seasons of Survivor so that I can finally watch the seasons as they come out rather than re-runs. #Goals
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EternalRain says...

Okay, I'm a bit scared to do this but I guess I'll go ahead and write some thoughts down (if I didn't, I know I would regret it!).

In 10 years I'll be 26. (And ten years ago I was only 6... so that's a weird thought. Ten years seems like such a long time).

I currently don't really have any idea what I'll be doing with my life. Hopefully I'll be doing something with writing - if that's writing on the side or a full time author (uh! the dream! but probably not realistic!) or working in the publishing world perhaps. I've also started to recognize my love for psychology, so maybe I'll be doing something psychology centered - a counselor or therapist! If I end up going that route, I might still be in school by the time I'm 26 (.... >.>).

At 26, I (realistically) probably won't be financially stable, and I can see myself having a mental breakdown three times a week, but hopefully I am stable enough to spend money without constantly worrying about it and to have enough to take care of myself :)

I want to have my Etsy shop open and still be working with polymer clay - hopefully I've improved and gotten to the level I want to be at.

Maybe I'll be dating someone, maybe not. I see myself spending time on myself and being around friends. I probably won't pursue anything, but if someone comes my way, well. :p I hope I'm not completely lonely - I hope I have true friends and that I'm still close to my family. Or even have a pet cat - maybe have a secret pet cat in an apartment that says "no pets".

I hope I stay in touch with my high school best friend - even if it's not a lot, but maybe a call or message every few months or so (if you haven't contacted her, please do).

Ten years is a long time, so I really don't know. Ten years ago I was a 6 year old girl who didn't even enjoy reading. So, I guess I'll have to see where life takes me. :)
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Lava says...

Ooohhh boy! I wish I'd filled this back then, but 17 year old me, was an agsty teenager who wanted to rebel. (She's still a part of me. ) <3

In 10 years:
I will have my PhD! Working on it now, and it's hella intellectually challenging. I LOVE IT.
I will hopefully have my first (or second) dog. Doggo plan 2019 is on!
I will be married - as much as marriage terrifies me, I love Boy, and I hope to get married in the next 5 years.
Kids - uhhhh probably. Atleast 1?
Hopefully, I find my current ideal job of working in a liberal arts college, focusing on teaching, and some research.
Will hopefully have put a down payment on a house we want to buy, and then get excited with decor.
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Enola says...

23 and a writer of large. Having at least two books published :D

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