My therapist gave me a homework assignment last week: Where do I see myself 20 years from now?
She has given me a variety of assignments before, and just like with the others, I procrastinated until the morning of my next session before addressing it. Regardless, I arrived prepared this morning and delivered it in simple, concise terms.
20 years from now I picture myself very much like now, only older. I expect to be financially comfortable and not have to rely on Early Bird specials when dining out. Not only would I like to be able to travel, I will have many destinations under my belt — many right here in the U.S.
I expect to have dogs, and — who knows? — maybe even a cat or two.
ALthough it would be nice to still have Chuck in my life, for some reason I couldn’t lock into that concept. I’m not even sure I’ll still be around in 20 years, so the prospect of both of us making it to our mid-70’s as a couple seems like a bit of a tall order.
I do expect to still have plenty of friends, as by then I doubt I will have much family left, except of course Chuck’s side, where his nieces and nephew by then will have more than likely had children of their own. I am hoping I still have many of the friends I have now, and some new ones as well.
Although I haven’t wrapped my thoughts and expectations around still living in San Diego 20 years from now, I expect that wherever I do live, I will love it there. On that note, although it would be great to have a second home somewhere, it’s not necessary.
Most of all, I expect to be happy. Although it’s great when Happy and Healthy walk hand-in-hand, realistically, I’m sure certain health issues will have arisen by the time I reach 73. Having known in my life many unhappy people who have optimal health, I will gladly (pun well-intended) take Happy over Healthy should I have the choice.
This list could change often as time goes by, but for now, that’s just how I see it.
So, I would like to present the same question to those of you who have read this: Where do you see yourself in 20 years?