Hot on the heels of my previous post, looking back at some of my biggest achievements in the last ten years, it seemed only natural for my next post to be what I want from the next ten years.
It sounds like ten years is a long time, but in complete honesty as the days pass, I think we are all aware at just how fast this time will fly by. I mean, 1990 was THIRTY years ago now.
It actually fits in my blogging schedule perfectly, of posting every four days, to send out a post on the first of January so here it is. Happiest of New Years to everyone reading this and I hope everyone had a wonderful time over Christmas.
Looking back on the last decade, it seems crazy to think that in 2010 I was preparing to leave school, and since then I have achieved so much, personally and professionally, from college, to university to finally freelancing. Whilst I am never one to really plan too far ahead, because you never know what cards you are going to be dealt, over the next decade my main objective is to be financially stable from doing what I love.
This is something that will never not be on my list of things to do. In the next ten years I would love to visit at least 100 countries. I am currently at around 20 countries, which is not bad at all, but with somewhere around 200, depending on how you count various nations and states, I have a lot to be working on.
I think I need to get cracking on about 10 countries per year if I am to escape having to cram them all in in 2029 as a frantic 35 year old. Man, that seems like a lifetime away.
I have been a writer by name and nature for as long as I can remember. I want the 2020’s to be the decade where I am able to make a living from doing what I love. I am more determined than ever to be able to do this. I have started ‘having a crack’ in the later part of 2019 and I just keep telling myself each journey starts with a single step, and focusing on how happy it is making me.
As for everything else, in the form of what is often considered ‘normal’, I can honestly say I have never been the type to see myself doing this or that. People plan out their lives; their wedding day, they know what their house will look like, where they will work, what car they will drive, whilst planning the 2.4 children and saving for their annual 14 day family holiday to somewhere sunny every summer.
Of course there is nothing wrong with any of this and wanting these things, but as for if and when it will all happen, I’ve never really sat down to think about it. I much prefer to just go with the flow and see where life leads, which is also one of the main things I love about being a freelancer.
I want to work really hard on making the 2020’s my decade so I can look back at it in later life and think, man, the twenties were awesome!
For me, the 2010’s seemed like the decade where I was busy laying the foundations for the path I wanted my life to take. I think the 20’s will be much of me following this path and building on those foundations. Whilst I may not know what lies ahead or what direction I will be heading in, I am pretty excited to start the journey.
What are you long terms goals for this decade? Let me know in the comments below.