Photo from 5 years ago this week while on a very lengthy and well planned road trip. If you had asked me then if I *knew* where I'd be in 5 years, even with my level of commitment, I wouldn't have known all I was going to experience. We never really know what's ahead and life can change in an instant. There were joyful moments and calm times, sad moments and hard times, unexpected challenges, new projects, deep conversations, the ending of friendships, the beginning of new friendships. I moved a few times. I was hard to forget, I was easily forgotten. I dodged some bullets, I learned to trust my intuition, I learned what healthy boundaries were, and I learned a lot of hard, but valuable lessons. My life really changed, and so did I, even when I didn't realize I was doing the changing. The most important thing I've learned is this is my book, no one else is writing it. My chapters are different because I don't feel the need to have the same chapters as someone else. I don't feel that there is a specific sequence that needs to be followed in life in order to live it, even though I am a driven person, it’s in my own way. I was fortunate to meet someone 5 years ago that helped me to see that what I want for myself will happen in my own time, and on no one else's watch. It was probably the most freeing thing someone at-length discussed with me and it's helped me greatly while growing. I'm a lot stronger than I ever imagined I'd be, and even through challenging times, and bad days, I'm grateful for where I am every day and grateful for all that I have done to be where I am now. I am happy with my big choices, and I am still going strong! So where do I see myself in another five years? As a forever student of life, I see myself as learning a whole lot more, continuing to grow into the person I am, an ever-changing work-in-progress, and appreciating and making the most of what I have.
So... Where do you see yourself in 5 years?