When I’m 64

As part of the August Healthy Living/Fitness Blogger Writing Challenge, this is the third post in a month long series of posts.

Today’s topic is where would you like to be in 10 years.

This question was designed for me.  I spend far too much time thinking about what could/should have been and what I would like to happen in the future.  If you asked me this 10 years ago I would have said that I would be married with kids and I’d have a great teaching job.  I believed I would have all my bills paid, and have a nice house, great friends, and a happy life.  Now that I’m on the wrong side of 40, I’ve gotten very introspective and wish I had made better decisions 10 years ago, 5 years ago.

While I knew deep in my heart that the relationship I was in a decade ago was wrong, I never thought I would be single now.  I never thought I would be told I didn’t have enough experience to teach in Boston and many other places (and at the time I had 2 degrees, a teaching license, and experience!).  (I also never thought I’d be turned down for seasonal help at multiple stores last holiday season either!) 

Ten years ago if someone told me I’d be doing all of this without my mum. . .well I don’t know what I would have thought.

Ten years ago someone told me I’d be living in Glasgow pursuing my PhD, I would have laughed at you.  But here I am.

In ten years time I hope that . . .

-I’m not alone.  I haven’t had a date that was going anywhere marriage-wise since we were dealing with Y2K.  I kid you not.  I know this means going out of my comfort zone and actually meeting people and going on dates, but I hope I can change that.

-I hope that I have a good job.  If it means teaching, bring it on.  If it means working in research, great.  If it means advocating for victims of bullying and cyber bullying, I’m ready for that challenge.

-I hope that I am financially stable.  I don’t expect my ridiculous amount of student loans to be paid off, but I hope that in 10 years time I would have fixed all the problems that I’ve had over the past few years and that I fixed them on my own.  

-I hope that no matter where I am living, I am happy and that the challenges I’m currently facing have been resolved and I’ve learned from them.  

I also hope I’m healthy and not at this unhealthy weight and place in my life. I’d like to hope I’ve challenged myself with a half marathon, spinning, and weight lifting.


    • 04/08/2012 / 23:44

      Thank you so much! It really means a lot to have support. 🙂

  1. 04/08/2012 / 02:45

    Like Lisa, I’m roting for you too! I think you’re well on your way to reaching your goals – stay positive and forward thinking!

    • 04/08/2012 / 23:45

      Thank you! I certainly hope I can reach my goals!

  2. 11/08/2012 / 15:55

    Hi Cindy

    I loved reading this post.

    And I loved the fact that you are already on your way to where you want to be in ten years time, because knowing where you want to go to is the first step along your path.

    It sounds as if you have had some setbacks to climb over!

    And I can tell from what you say that if you put your mind to what you want to achieve then there is no reason why you wouldn’t succeed.

    All the best, Neophyte Girl! Go for it !!

    • 12/08/2012 / 23:39

      Thank you so much! And thanks for taking the time to leave this message. It means a lot!

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