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Do you have a plan for your life?

Asked by wundayatta (58693points) July 2nd, 2009

Why or why not? Can you describe some of the plan? How much of it has come about, as planned? How do you feel about it when things don’t happen as planned (if they do)?

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Open's avatar

only generically and i’ve planned forks in the road. for example,i plan to either get a job in the family business or get a job at GC (if I can). I also plan to either stay single – in which case i get an apartment, or may get married- in which i have no clue… =/

education wise, everything has gone according to plan.

I’m known for being an easygoing and optimistic person so when things don’t turn out right, I always find a new sunnyside.

marinelife's avatar

The one truism that I have noticed about my life plan is that it always takes me longer to reach my goals than I think it will.

I suspect that means that I will run out of life before I run out of goals, but that is not a bad thing, is it?

Things I have set as goals, and then accomplished include:

Moving to and living on an island.

Leaving the corporate world and starting my own management consulting business.

Shifting to a freelance writing business so I could flex my days and hours to match my husband’s job.

Returning to the West Coast from a sojourn in the East in the 80s.

Escaping Florida. (OK, the mechanism was deus ex machina since my husband was laid off, but we wasted no time getting out Dodge as soon as it happened, and it had been our goal.)

That said, many big and wonderful things in my life have been unplanned. I like serendipity too. I would not want to have everything planned to the nth degree.

Darwin's avatar

I used to. Now I just want to get through each day.

Jude's avatar

As far as work, I hope to move up (in pay), and stay relatively stable, financially (hopefully). Other than that, the rest is a crap shoot. My relationship, well, I hope that it lasts, but, who knows.. little ‘jmahs’ running around, I’m not sure about that either. I’m pretty much a live for the moment kinda gal. Take things one day at a time—enjoy it, or roll with the punches, if I have to. I’ve learned from my Mom’s early passing that nothing is guaranteed in life. Things change; your plans may change, and you have to be able to deal with whatever. I’m doing my best to maintain my health, physically and mentally, surrounding myself with good people and working on keeping the fam together. Traveling is huge and I’d love to be able to do as much as I can.

I truly appreciate all that I have. I doesn’t take much for me to be happy.

tinyfaery's avatar

My life plan is to live until I die, for good, for bad, and for naught.

dalepetrie's avatar

To be happy.

That’s the answer I give in job interviews in a nutshell when they ask me for a 5 year plan or a 10 year plan.

I don’t define my life by reaching a certain title, level of compensation, or particular set of achievements. I want to enjoy my life, I’ve only got one and it only lasts so long, I want to do what I have to do in order to enjoy as much of it as is possible.

CMaz's avatar

I did. But after a few trips around the block, I have found I end up basically back where I started. So I take it as it comes.

casheroo's avatar

I have a plan for the short term, which consists of the next 5 years.
It involves me and school, my family and having more children, how long I’ll work before I go back to school to get a higher degree (I want to work 5–10 years in the field, to make sure I even want to go back to school for it.) I don’t have any timelines for other things though, such as buying a house or anything major like that. We want to rent until we can truly afford a house.

hungryhungryhortence's avatar

Several and so far, most are on track. Patience isn’t any virtue of mine but when the rewards come, they’re great.

LKidKyle1985's avatar

I don’t really have a plan, just more of a general out line. Like I could go into details but its kinda long, but it ends in me becoming rich and traveling the world.

drClaw's avatar

I would like to continue growing in my career, have kids, buy a nice home in the burbs, keep my family comfortable and single handily rain down fire on this planet until the only living things left bow in observance of my unforgiving dynasty. You know… The usual.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

I remember a time when I very distinctly had all kinds of 5 year plans for my life and I was very focused…over the last 5 years, however, I have learned to no longer have plans – everything has gone differently and it’s been a hell of a fun ride

OpryLeigh's avatar

I have an ideal of how I would like my life to pan out but I don’t make plans. The future (even the near future) scares me and so I do everything I can NOT to have to make plans. I take each day (sometimes each hour if I am having a particularly bad spell) as it comes. If I survive today, I’ll deal with tomorrow when it comes.

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rooeytoo's avatar

Remember what John Lennon said, “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.”

I agree, however, I usually have a loosely constructed sort of game plan, but my life rarely goes the same direction as my plan

YARNLADY's avatar

Nope, I used to have a life, but I didn’t like it.

cyn's avatar

I’m happy. My plan is to stay in school. Get money to be prepared for college and just livin’ up life :)

shrubbery's avatar

I do, but if it doesn’t turn out quite the way I expect then that’s okay. It’s not set in stone, it’s not the be all and end all of my life.

When I finish school I’m hoping to take a year off, work and save and then travel. I will apply for university at the end of this year though, and just defer for the year. So when I start uni the next year I will hopefully be doing a combined science arts degree, with psychology and philosophy on the arts side and engineering based subjects on the science side. I’m probably going to stay in my home state for uni to start with but I can always transfer somewhere on the mainland later. Or I might get accepted to a mainland uni straight away, who knows. After that I might move to America to start a post grad degree in aerospace engineering, after than I’m not sure what will happen but eventually I hope to end up at NASA.

All of this depends on whether I will even like engineering when I get to uni or whether I will want to pursue the arts side of my degree. Actually it depends on how I go this year, being my last year of high school, and my exam results. If I don’t get the results I need to do what I want straight away then it’s ok, I’ll try something else instead. And it also depends on what I discover if I end up taking a year off, I might learn things that will completely change my worldview and goals. So yes, I have a plan, and I might be upset if I’m looking forward to a part of the plan and it doesn’t come to fruition, but it depends on so many different things that I’m sure I will be ok if something changes, or if I change.

ABoyNamedBoobs03's avatar

<=== King of the World.

cyn's avatar

@ABoyNamedBoobs03 and is named boobs

cyn's avatar

hail to King Boobs

ABoyNamedBoobs03's avatar

…finally, at least someone’s getting the message…

ABoyNamedBoobs03's avatar

that I am, in fact, the king of the world.

cyn's avatar

@ABoyNamedBoobs03 oh that one…I though you were talking about your user name…. :)
ttytt the real Kings are Bendrew :P
you can be the King of whatyoumightcallit :)

ratboy's avatar

I share Keith Richard’s plan: “Live fast, die young and leave a beautiful corpse.” He’s more likely to succeed than I am.

ABoyNamedBoobs03's avatar

@ratboy maybe at least on that last part.

Jack79's avatar

right now the plan is to get my daughter back

depending on the damage done and what I need to do to fix it, I’ll see what my options are and act accordingly. Ideally I’d like to get sole custody and take her to Australia, where she’ll have a much safer and quieter life, away from publicity.

No plan to remarry for now, but it would be nice to have a girfriend.

Next step is to start paying off my debts and maybe save some money for retirement.

And I’ll rethink all of the above in 14 years, when my baby will be 18 and probably off to uni, hopefully a strong, healthy and independant young woman by then. And then I can try and find a new challenge for myself.

shipwrecks's avatar

Personally, I have a basic idea of what I want to do for a career, and then a more precise idea of other things such as family and marriage. I am pretty sure I want to be a biology teacher, but I know that I want to get married and have children, own a home, and be happy.

Right now, the way I am living life is just to do what makes me happy. So far, its working.

kiwigirl's avatar

I may have a plan, but my life may have a different plan than my intention, I shall have to wait and see….....LOL

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