If you work in the government, as I do, this is a four-day weekend for you. Some of you may be traveling, and others may be participating in religious traditions to mark Good Friday.
My husband and I are traveling to Northern Ontario today, to celebrate the milestone birthday of one of my Aunts. She is 80 years old but you would never know it. She is energetic and engaged. She drives herself around the province visiting her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Her energy and love for her family inspire me.
This weekend’s activities got me thinking: what will I be doing at 80 years of age? My husband and I don’t have children, so hopefully we’ll be involved in our niece an nephew’s lives. As I work on my next career of professional coaching, I wonder what my third – and fourth – careers will be. I may still be coaching when I’m 80 years old.
How can you begin to think of life 5, 10, 20, or even 40 years down the road? Check out the following checklist of questions you can ask yourself to discover your next steps:
- Who am I now (what brings me joy, what gets me out of bed with a spring in my step)?
- What am I working towards?
- What do I do in my spare time?
- How do I spend my money?
- What past experiences can teach me about the general trajectory of my life?
From this place of self-reflection, you can look to the future to see paths grounded in who you are, allowing you to plan a future aligned with your true purpose.
Isn’t that the dream?