You’ve written a fair amount about short- to medium-term goals, but I’m curious about things that are more than a year or two away. Do you have any long-term goals or dreams?
Oddly enough, I don’t really. I occasionally have ideas of things that would be cool if they happened, but those aren’t goals. I’m not actively doing anything towards a specific aim that’s more than a year or two away.
Now that’s not to say that I don’t think beyond a few months away. I’ve written before about my fear of cutting off possibilities. I try to do things that keep long-term options open. I’ve been saving for retirement since I got my first paycheck, even though I have no specific plans about exactly how or when. I keep abreast of the current job market and update my resume regularly, because I never know when I might need to look for something. I file a lot things away for future use, even if they’re not part of some plan I’m working on. I have strategies for the long run, rather than goals or plans.
What’s at the core of this is that my long-term goal is the same as my short term one: To live a fulfilling life. I’ve tried to do the long-term planning thing before, and it’s never worked out for me. My realistic planning horizon is just too short. I can’t say what fulfillment is going to look like a year or more from now, in part because of the uncertainty of things, in part because I don’t know who I will be then.
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