The most common question that you get asked by....literally anyone is "Where do you see yourself in 10 years?" If you ask me, that is such an important question to ask for every aspect of your life.
For obvious reasons, it offers perspective. It gives you room to really think about the future and the ideal place you want to be in. What is your definition of success and happiness? What does it look like when you know you've "made it"?
But it's also very vital to ask such a question because revisiting it every now again is a reminder of how much you've grown. For example, sitting in my Homeroom class in 8th grade, I had a sheet of paper in front of me where I was tasked to write my answer to that question.
You know what I wrote? I see myself going to medical school and getting my license to become a pediatrician. I saw myself with a white lab coat swinging back and forth as I walk the halls of the hospital with a stethescope around my neck.
I was then given the question as part of an essay prompt in an English class my sophomore year of high school.
Similar answer. Medical school, become a doctor, make money, save lives.
Once again, the question is introduced into my life in my 3rd year of college and the answer was drastically changed. A complete pivot from the medical field and into the area of the media industry. PR has completely taken over my life and studies, giving my future a complete makeover.
I had no idea that this was coming but I made the necessary changes. The next time I was asked that question was senior year right before I was due to receive my diploma. I said "I see myself owning a PR firm, being a social media manager, helping Muslim/POC owned brands grow an audience and build a social media presence."
That was 2020.
It's only been 2 years and there has already been a slight change to that answer.
It's not just owning a PR firm that's in my near future. I've also started a small business and this blog. I see myself growing this blog into an entire community of like-minded people who want to inspire and uplift each other. I see my business becoming a huge success and my PR firm basically running itself.
The point of this post is to remind you that it is super healthy to ask yourself this question often. I would say to ask yourself this question at the beginning and end of every year. Because it's possible that your answer will change. Responsibilities change. People change. Priorities change.
This is why I am such a massive fan of journaling. It's so amazing to see your growth and evolution as a person over time. Like I said, it offers perspective and insight into your goals and what's important to you.