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"Where do you see yourself in 5 years?"

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I remember this question being asked when I was a senior in high school. I often wonder if any of my classmates actually achieved their goals that named then. I know one wanted to play pro ball for the Lions, and he did manage to get as far as their minor league team. (I'm not a football me if I got that wrong). Now he's a part time karate instructor.

I remember when it came time for me to answer the question, and being the smart ass I was back then, I popped off with "anywhere but here". Yeah, the teacher didn't think that was too funny. I don't know why. Oh well...she always had this look on her face like she tasted something awful..and was just an unpleasant person overall. I'm amazed even today that I passed her class with a C+. (Personally, I think she just didn't want me repeating her class. ) So, anyway, what I had actually pictured to be doing five years after graduation from high school was to be in college working towards a degree. I hadn't figured out yet what I wanted to pursue, just that I had planned on going...............after taking a year or so off from school all together to live it up and enjoy some freedom. I still wish I had taken up my parents offer to help pay for my college back then. They had saved up, and Dad was still working for GM at the time. But nooooo....I HAD to have my year of fun and partying. So, Dad ended up buying the boat he wanted. But ya know, he had a blast with that, all is good. I just have student loans to pay off eventually. But, that's what happens when one doesn't take up an offer she should have.

And, as it so happens, in that year that I wanted to take off, my best friend, later that summer, told me she was pregnant. That put quite the damper on our year of partying and raising hell. Oh yeah, she stopped partying as soon as she suspected. She was 17 at the time. Our partying was getting fifths of Jack Daniels or Jim Beam, some pot, and just hanging with friends and getting totally wasted. We went from that to an almost stand still when she found out she was pregnant. Yes, we smoked cigs too...and she cut way back to one or two a day for the entire pregnancy. Anyway, her boyfriend wanted to do "the right thing" and get married so they could be a family. Even at 18, I knew it wouldn't last, these two had been arguing frequently for months before hand, and even then, I knew it would end in divorce. I give them credit for trying, but, shortly after their son was born, they were divorced. And, she and I were back to our partying ways. Stupid? You bet. And there are no excuses for it. We were young, and thought we knew all. I'll never forget the night of one such party with the booze and the pot being plentiful, and it was like around 2a.m., and music was blasting, and I remember my friend being by the door, looking out, and jumping and saying, "Oh shit!!!", and a few seconds later, her parents walk in the door. A little background here: her dad moved from Mexico to America, joined our military, met and married her mother when they were both living in San Antonio, TX, and moved to Michigan, where he worked as a maintenance supervisor for a GM plant, and are Catholic. Her dad exploded like an atomic bomb that night. I was SO HAPPY at that time to NOT know Spanish because he was going off in Spanish. I never saw people clear out of a house so fast in my entire life! Me and a friend of ours had gone and hid in the bathroom. (yeah, I know, chickens! ) I remember the friend contemplating jumping out the little bathroom window. We could hear the storm outside of the bathroom door. After a while, my friend's mother came to the bathroom door and told us it was safe to come out. Yeah, we got scolded for out part in the partying that night. Amazing thing is, throughout all of friend's son slept through it all. And yes, her father was insisting that she was going to move back home where he can keep an eye on her...which led to an argument. Her mother finally stepped in and calmed that down.

After they left, I remember the 3 of us sitting there, kind of shell shocked by the whole thing, and she announced that her dad was right and she couldn't be living like this. Next morning, she was down at the local college getting the application for financial aid, and got herself signed up to take classes. And, I had offered to babysit for her while she went to college full time. So, for six years, I helped her with her son while she took classes, her parents actually paid me for helping out, I told them they didn't have to, even tried to refuse, but I'll tell ya, they were not taking no for an answer.

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Jan 12 @ 6:39AM  
I actually did feel guilty taking money for something I originally offered to do to begin with. My friend, she graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Social Work, that was about 20, maybe 21 years ago, and she's been working ever since. That baby, he is now grown, he's 27, going to be 28 this year, he is in a band, but he also is in the process of being certified as a fire fighter, and has 2 children of his own.

So...when I think about that question of "where do you see yourself 5 years from now", I know I wasn't where I had planned to be, and I don't regret it because my friend needed help, and I was happy to help her. I eventually got to starting my classes later, and was working part time, ended up having to drop out for a while because I needed the hours at work to get me a better car back then, ended up working 2 jobs for a while, and then I met Mick.......and eventually, I finally got back into the classroom to finish my degree. Better late than never.

I posted this yesterday....let's see if it shows on the blog page this time.

Jan 12 @ 7:58AM  
I see myself even more stubborn if that's possible.

I see myself set even more in my ways, and being more rich than I am now. As for happiness, I would hope that I am very content and very happy with that special someone.

Jan 12 @ 10:19AM  
Dunno! Hopefully engaged in working on some of my ideas, hopefully traveling to places I want to see and hopefully having more than enough money to have the freedom to accomplish all this, in a relatively short period of time!

But, I'm getting to the point in my life age wise, where I seem to think in terms of a year or two... certainly not decades!


Jan 12 @ 10:21AM  
Five years from now, I plan on finding a nice sandy waterfront 'squatters' place in the Florida Keys, wear black knee high socks with my Jesus sandals, Hawaiian shirt, Bermuda shorts, Panama straw hat, and one of those fruity/booze drinks with an umbrella in it while listening for the 'bell' on the end of my open face rod~n~reel.

Jan 12 @ 11:41AM  
"Where do you see yourself in 5 years?"

Good question I might not have any say in the matter because dead people don't get to make decisions beyond what is specified in the will Living or dead, it will considerably warmer where I am in five years than it is where I am at now

If there is any validity to the Christian concept of the afterlife, I ponder heaven thinking there will be a lot of people up there that I would rather not see


Jan 12 @ 3:56PM  
dancing my asss offff!

Jan 12 @ 3:59PM  
Living or dead, it will considerably warmer where I am in five years than it is where I am at now

Well, looks like I might have company then... or you might- which ever way it works out first!


Jan 12 @ 7:54PM  
Hopefully poor from sending my kid off to college

Jan 12 @ 11:22PM  
"Where do you see yourself in 5 years?"
Honestly I don't have a clue but I sure hope it is better than now & doesn't get any worse.

Jan 13 @ 12:09AM  
Its really sad when I haven't a clue right off.

I won't say married, because if current social trends are any indication, I'll still be single.

I guess I'll say...working or at least following what I want to do.

You guys, I want to see you all here in the next five, ok?

Jan 13 @ 1:08AM  
There are several possibilities so I am not sure yet. Some positive things have happened recently in my life and some things are still dragging on. Hopefully where I won't be in five years is still dragging them through court for my disability. I am pretty sure I will still be around because only the good die young so I should be good until about 120.

Jan 13 @ 1:31AM  
"Where do you see yourself in 5 years?"

I Honestly...don't have a clue!!!
But,..What I Want to be..doing is....

I'm either...Gonna move to AK...or Hit the ...Bass Fishing Tournament Trails...
Hey,...a Guy can Dream...right?

Jan 14 @ 10:57AM  
Well like Toad said...we can dream 5 yrs. I'll be 72...OMG (doesn't seem real)

Anyway, I'd really like to be a published author. Several years ago I started a story; in fact I began to post it in the blogs and everyone liked it then I got scared someone would steal it. I also realized it was gonna end up being a long story so I deleted it out of the blogs...but I never quit working on it totally...just spent time rewriting and proof-reading it between times of ignoring it.

I've been working on that story the last few days. A few years ago I went to the Harlequin publishers site and found that my story needed to be longer so I began to work on that. Now it is nearly complete...just a few more chapters to end it.

I fully intend to submit it within the next couple of months. It will hit a slush pile and take months to be reviewed but yanno, if I'd have gotten off my duff and did this years ago, I'd either have it published by now or least I'd know one way or the other.

But mostly, I just hope I'm still breathing in 5 years!

Jan 14 @ 12:16PM  
enjoying Mitt Romney's second term in office and thrilled that the economy has finally taken a turn for the better..........

ok go ahead ....blast me !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jan 15 @ 9:11PM  
Hopefully Squirmy will be enjoying my second term in office
cause I think everyone should vote 'ME' for president

Did I mention there will be FREE BOOZE at my anaugeration

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