In January 2011, my bestfriend and I wrote 5 goals that we would want to achieve in 5 years time. As I recall, these were what I wrote:
- Own a condo or a brand new car
- Get a post-graduate degree (MBA) or finish a course in Culinary
- Travel to Maldives, Brazil or South Africa
- Upgrade my Capoeira skills to acquire a laranja-amarela cordao
- Find a stable job and triple my salary
So, how far did I go?
I did own a car, with the help of my dad, but sold it eventually and I invested in a condo but sold that as well.
In September 2014, I finished my MBA studies, hence, acquired a post-graduate degree.
My job in SM as a Merchandiser was stable enough until my dad pulled me out to help in the family business and my overseas assignment in Vietnam made it possible for me to earn thrice as much but I only lasted for a year.
As for my capoeira skills, I now possess a full amarela cordao, 2 more levels until I reach the level that I wanted, but the laranja-amarela seems far-fetch now considering I’m still on sabbatical.
And lastly, that trip to Brazil is slowly materializing.
I’d say not bad, not bad at all. But then, what now?
Thinking about it, I never really considered about the end goal, or the bigger picture, once these 5 goals were achieved. I didn’t even give much thought about the end state – like the position I want to hold in a company, or even the level I want in Capoeira, or steps to follow after I got my post-graduate degree, or even settling down and having a family of my own.
It was an eye-opener to see how lost I really was 5 years ago. My life didn’t seem to have direction, more so, that I didn’t know what I want out of life in the long run. I don’t like to think that I wasted my time because truth be told, I was in recovery and I was enjoying life, finding and building myself again after that 8-year long relationship came to an end.
Thankfully, now that I seem to have a better grasp of what I want out of life and how I want my future to be, I’ve listed a new set of goals, which I hope to accomplish in the next 5-10 years:
- Become a global citizen, a long-term traveler, and meet people from different age group, race, culture, etc.
- Help a community whether through conservation of marine eco life, increasing awareness for HIV and depression
- Write hard and clear about what matters. Find inspiration about everything good and beautiful in this world. And let this blog be an inspiration to each and everyone of its readers.
- Establish a social enterprise and help build a community (Books and Brews feat. Coffee from around the globe)
- Settle down with that special someone in a place that is home to us both
These goals are mere guide and as we all know, nothing seems to be set in stone because everything is temporary. Plans will change depending on the choices you’ll make, experiences you’ll gain, and people you’ll encounter along the way.
“Someday, everything will make perfect sense. So, for now, laugh at the confusion, smile through the tears, and keep reminding yourself that everything happens for a reason.” – Paulo Coelho, Manuscript found in Accra