Upward Bound Essay: “Where do you see yourself in 10 years?”
The “Where do you see yourself in ten years?” question has always been scary to me. As if answering it sealed my fate into some sort of self-fulfilled prophecy. But I think that I’m finally prepared to answer it. So, here it is.
In ten years, I see myself in New York City, in a studio apartment with a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts, scouring the city for acting jobs. I live alone. In ten years, I see myself living in the suburbs of Colorado, with a wife and two beautiful kids. I’m an accountant. In ten years, I see myself living in Japan as a literary editor, travelling anytime it suits my fancy. I’m far from home. In ten years I see myself living in Boston with some of my dearest friends; maybe working as a bartender. I’m a sellout. In ten years, I see myself in Newport Maine, writing an essay about where I’ll be in ten years, and having no idea where to start.
The truth is, I can’t tell you where I’ll be in ten years. New York, California, Seattle, Boston, London, Japan, Maine. I can’t say whether I’ll be an Accountant„ or a Lawyer, or an Actor, a Writer, and Editor, or a Bartender. Oh gosh, do I wish I knew these things enough to tell you, or anyone for that matter I really do. But I don’t.. I hardly know where I’ll be in ten minutes.
What I can tell you is that, wherever I am, whatever I’m doing to make my way in life, I’ll be chasing down my bliss as though my life depends upon it. Because, that’s what really counts. right? Bliss. Joy. Happiness. So, I guess the question I’ve answered wasn’t really where I would be in ten years, but rather how I would be in 10 years. And the answer to that question is, simply put: Happy.