‘Where would you like to be in 5 years time?’
This is what I got asked a couple of weeks ago and since then it has played on the back of my mind. Instinctively I made up some answer about progressing my career blah blah blah, but is this really what I want? Is this the future i really seek? I don’t know anymore. Up until recently I genuinely would have believed this answer. I had a path in mind and knew how to follow it.
A New Path?
I have always been creative. Even as a child I loved making things and frequently watched Blue Peter to get ideas. I was desperate to make the classic Tracey Island but mum wouldn’t help me!
As I got older the hobbies changed, I tried cross stitch, knitting, crochet, jewellery making and papercrafts to name a few. But none of them really challenged me and I would quickly get bored of them and would move on. Often life would get in the way and I wouldn’t have time to concentrate on them anyway.
Then I started this website.
Two years ago I started researching how to create a WordPress website with the view to creating an online shop to sell my wares on. I needed some money at the time and thought this would be a good way to get some extra pocket money. The more research I did the more I found out about this thing called blogging and it sounded quite fun. I decided to make a website which would incorporate both a blog and a shop.
But the shop never came to be. I was intrigued so much by the idea that I could write my thoughts down online and create images, videos and more to share on here. There are no rules and constantly new skills to be learnt.
Then I found out people could make this into a career. They could earn money from doing what they love and being creative. I was even more captivated by the world of ‘content creating’. I started to do even more research and watch even more tutorials.
Time to Reevaluate
This leads me back to the title of this article. Where do I want to be in 5 years time? Truth is I really don’t know. I am not in a position to give up my day job just yet but the idea of one day being able to earn money from my creativity is enticing. I spend more and more of my free time learning from others and letting my imagination run wild. Whilst I’m happy to accept I may not be the next Zoella , it would be cool to be able to live off of what I enjoy doing the most.
It is quite exciting to think that my future doesn’t have to be so narrow minded. I do enjoy my current job, which I know in itself is a rare thing, but what if I could LOVE my job? That would surely be the ultimate goal?