Where Do You See Yourself In Five Years?


Honestly, I haven’t thought that far ahead about the concrete details. But if we’re just dreaming here, I think we all have abstract ideas of what we envision life to be like. 

Five years is quite a bit of time and a lot can change in this time. I hope to be happily settled into my career and friendships. I hope to be advancing in my career and growing creatively. As much as I love my job right now, I can’t see myself sticking around for more than 2-3 years. I think I’ll get tired of the routine. In five years…I’ll be three months from 28. Wow that’s a scary thought…All things considered, possibly a reasonable age to be engaged, or start thinking about it. I try not to think too much about that sort of stuff though, I still have several years of getting to be young and dumb. Maybe, a nod to my introverted nature or maybe just me gripping tightly to the youthful independence that I love so much….Probably both. 

Right now, I really value the people in my life and my pursuit of creativity. I hope these priorities remain solid in five years time. 

And if we’re really dreaming big, I hope to be moved out of my parents’ and to be well traveled. I want to visit my best friend in Chicago, go back to Europe and swim in the Mediterranean, visit my grandparents in Hong Kong, and have a delicious meal in Japan. 

And of course, I want to be grounded too. I hope to be actively serving in church. Some of the hi koi kids will be in college or have graduated! I hope to still be invested in their lives in some capacity-as much as they’ll let me. I hope things with my family will be good and I’m looking forward to seeing my cousins go through high school and college. I hope my friends are happy too. I hope they are all pursuing the things that they love and doing what makes them happy. 

But hey, five years is a long time from now. Who knows what’ll happen. 

I've been hit with lots of writer's block lately. They say the best inspiration for art is often derived from pain. I'd say that's quite accurate. I've even been reaching less for my moleskin recently. But nonetheless, thanks for reading, cheers! 

Catherine Li