What’s Your Dream?

Recently, I’ve found myself thinking about what I want out of life. Where do I want to be in 5 years? What do I want to be doing?

Maybe it’s my advancing age (today is technically my 38th birthday) or perhaps I’ve been feeling a bit melancholy. The more I think of it, the more certain I become of the answer.

I think I’ve done a lot of things right recently. It’s sort of a switch from the norm of doing most things wrong or in the wrong order. Three years ago or so, I decided to do things in the right order. I finished school, found a job I enjoy, met a woman that fills my life with cheer, and opened doors that were previously closed to me. Now I wonder what’s next?

I’ve always loved travelling by car. I enjoy the sights. I also see lonely roads and wonder where they lead.

Have you ever done that?

This might sound crazy to some of you, but my dream has always been to retire to an RV. I could travel around, stay in different places, commune with nature and find out where those roads lead. I always told myself that I would sell my house (if I owned one) and fly free.

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I think I’m going to buy that first RV next spring. I’ve found myself researching parks and prices. Of course, I won’t be retiring any time soon, but I can maybe spend my next summer exploring whether or not it’s something I enjoy doing enough to do full-time once I retire. My wife seems to be onboard. I like to tell myself it’s because I’m so damn persuasive, but it probably has more to do with the romance of the idea rather than my salesman techniques. She wants to start small and work her way up, which is sane. She knows I tend to get caught up in an idea and go full bore. Her plan is far more sensible.

However, she has been eyeing things like this:

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Instead of something on wheels like we’d originally discussed. Maybe she’s adopted my ‘go big’ policy.

So what’s your dream? What’s your plan for the next five years?

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24 Comments

  1. This isn’t a five year plan of mine – it’s just something I want to do: get my passport, and drive from Alabama all the freaking way to Alaska.

    Ever since reading “Yukon, Ho!” Damn that Calvin and Hobbes for encouraging my wanderlust.

  2. Happy Birthday! I hope you will be able to realise your dream.
    My five year plan is to be able to become a full-time writer. I also hope to travel a bit. Today I spent the day trying to think of life when I am sixty-four, and that became a post!

  3. Happy Birthday! I tried to talk my husband into selling all our things and buying and RV now while we’re in our early and mid 30’s but he was not convinced. I figured we could travel for a year or two, then settle down again for a while in a small home.

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  5. Oh crap 😦 I can’t think of tomorrow let alone the next five years.
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
    The RV is our plan, just to travel and see more of Australia, as there is so much more to see. Then perhaps settle in a nice little retirement village somewhere and play bingo with the other ‘perm’ setters 😉

  6. Next five years…try to stay married. Try to stay sane. Try to fight this damned diverticular disease, try to get my 14 and 15 year olds to be able to transition, one to college, one (the one with autism) to a vocation.

    I would love to travel, paint more, be thinner, be more active. I would like another dog and maybe carpeting. I want to be happy.

    Where can I buy some happy?

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