I have a phrase I like to say when people ask me what I want to do in the future. (Or often in response to older folks who ask: “So what are you going to do with your degree then”!)
“Plans in Pencil”
I’ve never really had a solid plan on a “dream job/career”. It’s fluctuated from PE teacher, to Physio, to Sport Psychologist, to Youth or Care Worker in Spain, to Translator and Interpreter, to even a Monk!
I do know some people who seem to have their life mapped out from a young age and they honestly do go on to follow their dream career after working towards it for years. But I think for many people, our experiences change the way we see our work and the ideas we have for a career.
In today’s society, there are not many jobs anymore where you stay for your whole 40+ year career. People move around sectors, industries and even have complete career changes. It takes time to hone in on where and with who we feel we are called to work with.
So I’ve got have my plans in pencil for now. I can rub out the current blueprint and draw something else – and I as you can tell from above I’ve done that many times already! It’s good to have an end goal, but do plans set in stone or written in ink limit us?
I think so. When was the last time you rewrote your plans in pencil?