Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Going places, but where exactly?

My Bloggy-turned-real-life friend Brittany recently posted about an unsure future. Britt has just experienced some very exciting (if a bit scary) changes in her life and has great knowledge of what it means to just not know what in the heck the future holds.

As unsure as she may be, she narrates her life with class, strength, and humor. She's a dear friend that I enjoy reading about, as well as spending time with.



At the end of her post, she chose to both award and challenge me with the You're Going Places Award.



I'm supposed to tell you where I'll be in 10 years.

Wow.

Let's start with going back ten years. We were just talking in my Sunday School class last week about how our county raises us up to marry young. At 26 (27 in less than a month), I'm considered pretty old to still be single. At 16, I was a Junior in high school. I was certain that I would go to college, meet the man of my dreams, graduate, get married, and start having babies by the time my 10 year reunion rolled around. My life was perfectly planned out.

To quote my former classmate and current Sunday School mate, "In high school, there was NO WAY you could have convinced me that I'd be 25 when I got married. I was sure it would be 21, at the very latest."

Clearly, things haven't worked out that way.

Instead, I went to college, graduated, started interning at a radio station, met The Guy, substitute taught, got a full-time job at the station, fell completely in love with The Guy, hoped that his move to Minne-friggin-sota would eventually include me, made it a year at my job, got my heart broken, and here I stand.

So, where will I be in 10 years?

I haven't the foggiest.

I know that I'll still love my family. I know which friends will still be around (because if we can make it this long, I fully believe we'll make it forever).


Other than that, the future is wide open......


I may still be at my current job. Meaning I will have been at the company for 15 years......... in a full-time job for 11 1/2.

Or, I could be at an entirely different company. Maybe even a completely different field (I doubt it, though, because I do love what I do, lol).



I may still be in Florida.

Or, in a different state. Either way, my hometown will always and forever be home.



I may still be single.

Or, hopefully, I will have met and married the man of my dreams.



I may still be a pseudo-Aunt to lots of other people's children.

Or, hopefully, I may be a real Mommy to my own.


The past ten years have been exciting, sad, scary, and fun. There are so many things that have happened that I NEVER would have imagined.

I'm both nervous and excited about what the future holds!!


Now, I want to hear about these people............

Gina from Namaste by Day
Melissa from Little Mrs. Married
Krystal from Krystal's Kitsch
Justine from Almost There


Where do you hope or think you will be in 10 years?

11 comments:

Susannah said...

Too true friend-we often have plans for our lives that are not God's plans. :D How he humbles us. I had everything planned out too-and nothing turned out like I thought! But, now I cannot imagine my life any other way. Funny how that works. :D

Lil' Woman said...

Like a couple people have told me.....we make plans, God laughs! :)

Your such a great person, I hope God blesses you with all the things you want in life.

kjlangford said...

you are the sweetest. I know I don't always answer these, but I'm going to do this one, it might just take me a little bit to get to it because I already have posts scheduled and we are in the middle of moving! Just letting you know.

In terms of plans for my life, I actually intended to get married much later and I thought I would have a traditional full-time job... and now our next plans pretty much came out of nowhere... and right now I really don't know that I want to have kids (though I've always been open to adopting) but who knows if that will change! life is rarely what we thought it would be!

kjlangford said...

you are the sweetest. I know I don't always answer these, but I'm going to do this one, it might just take me a little bit to get to it because I already have posts scheduled and we are in the middle of moving! Just letting you know.

In terms of plans for my life, I actually intended to get married much later and I thought I would have a traditional full-time job... and now our next plans pretty much came out of nowhere... and right now I really don't know that I want to have kids (though I've always been open to adopting) but who knows if that will change! life is rarely what we thought it would be!

Aimee said...

This was a very interesting blog post. I am sure that wherever you end up you will be happy, successful, and a great person.

I think its interesting to see the average age to marry throughout the US. It is true that several staes raise their kids to marry young. Where I am from, southern CA, it is all about woman power. So they encourage us ladies to hold off from marriage until we have a degree and a job where we can support ourselves without a man. I have some friends who are married but those are my 27 and 28 year old friends. If people get married before 25 everyone thinks they are too young. Its funny how in other states (i.e. Louisana) a 25 year old who is not married is looked upon as behind in times.

:)

Marianne said...

I think under 25 is too young to marry. Seeing that I live in uber-traditional Indiana, I'm in the minority. I know people married at 18, 19, a week after college grad, 6 months after high school grad. VOMIT. Let me do my own thing for awhile.

Anyway, I'm really glad you passed this on to me because this is one where I'll actually follow the rules! Thanks Jess!

Gina said...

This one's gonna be tough. I'll have to think it over for a little while before reposting. Thanks!

Brittany Ann said...

I'm so glad you joined in! And gah! I wish I knew where we were all going in 10 years! Heck, I wish I knew what was going to happen in 10 days! I'm so ready and afraid of the future at the same time.

I'm praying for a shining one for you! With your grace, I have no doubt it will be.

Thanks for being such a good friend!

Krystal said...

Hooray! Thanks for thinking of me! =)

garden state prep said...

Ten years, yikes! I'm almost 26 (which was scary to type) and most of my college and high school friends are married, so I'm becoming the token single friend. I hope in ten years I have at least one furry friend, if not more. I've always wanted three dogs, but not until I have space.

Mrs. Potts said...

Let's see...in 10 years I will be about to turn 44. Gah. I don't even want to think about it.

But if I travel backwards & look at 10 years ago, I never thought I'd be where I'm at now, but all my experiences (both good & bad) brought me here.

Hopefully in 10 years I'll be about to retire. And really well off. :)