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15 February 2007 @ 07:11 am
Q & A - #12 - "Where do you see yourself in 15 years?"  
Q & A - #12 - "Where do you see yourself in 15 years?" ~ Anonymous (AKA edenzdream)

If there's one thing I've learned in my 28 years, it's that banking on your plans down the road is nearly always a waste of time and worry. I really don't have a clue where I'll be in 15 years. 10 years? 5 years? 

If you'd asked me just 5 years ago, where I thought I'd be right now, I would have gotten very few things right. Sure, I'd get 3 points for thinking the wife and I would still be together (3 points because of today's quitting rate). Aside from that, I'd have been completely wrong. I left my job to go back to school. I wrote 2 novels. My wife and I switched churches. My parents moved out of state. My grandfather went to be with Jesus. We traveled to Italy, Germany, England, Scotland, Ireland, and New Orleans.

So I'll guess! 15 years of guessing coming right up.

I'll be 43 years old. (Dang.)
I'll still have all my hair. That's the truth! Both of my grandpas had all their hair their whole lives.
Lisa and I will have lived in 2 states other than California. Potential sites include New York, Washington, Tennessee, Colorado, and Australia.
I'll have 4 books written and published, all from different genres. (Remember? I'm guessing.)
My brother will be married. My sister won't be. (She'll kill me for this.)
I'll no longer be driving a car because I'll have some newfangled transportation machine.
Lisa and I will have 2.3 children -- Elijah and Sarah. (Any good ideas about what we should do with our third of a child?)
We might have adopted them.
My sister will live overseas.
My wife and I will have traveled to Australia, Hawaii (she's never been), St. Lucia (to revisit the Honeymoon spot), Greece, New York, Texas (for some reason she really wants to go there), and Israel.
My wife and I will be belly buttons deep into photography, especially of our cute kidsies.
I'll be teaching creative writing and adolescent literature at the University of Washington.
I'll weigh 200 pounds. (How's that for positive thinking? No weight gain in 15 years.)
I'll know Spanish. Or German. (I might end up going back to the birth roots.)
My parents will be retired and touring the States in a Winnebago.
I'll have a new laptop. Please, oh please.

Here's to hoping.
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The Blog of Author Jonathan Stephensjonstephens on February 16th, 2007 04:04 pm (UTC)
I'm having a great time with it myself. Glad to have you around.
Rhonarhonawestbrook on February 15th, 2007 04:38 pm (UTC)
I'm 28, but I have a new lap-top.

Just thought you should know.....

:::Giggles and swaggers out of thread::::
The Blog of Author Jonathan Stephensjonstephens on February 16th, 2007 04:04 pm (UTC)
grrrrrrrrrr
ryan_fieldryan_field on February 15th, 2007 06:49 pm (UTC)
fifteen years...
This one is my favorite so far. It's just that after I read things like this a few more questions pop into my head (why did you join a new church? where'd your parents move? etc...)You may have to put a halt to all this eventually :)
The Blog of Author Jonathan Stephensjonstephens on February 16th, 2007 04:06 pm (UTC)
Re: fifteen years...
I suppose those may have to wait for The Unauthorized Autobiography of Jonathan Stephens, or something.

Short answer version:

We moved churches because it was time.
My parents moved because my dad got a new job in AZ.
ryan_fieldryan_field on February 16th, 2007 05:36 pm (UTC)
Re: fifteen years...
You know you just created a whole new genre with this "Unauthorized Autobiography" :)

The Blog of Author Jonathan Stephensjonstephens on February 16th, 2007 07:31 pm (UTC)
Re: fifteen years...
I stole it from Lemony Snicket. Google it. Or Amazon it. It's pretty amazing.
ryan_fieldryan_field on February 17th, 2007 06:45 pm (UTC)
Re: fifteen years...
I googled and found an excellent description from wikipedia. I didn't know this; thank you.
ryan_fieldryan_field on February 15th, 2007 06:58 pm (UTC)
One more thing...
In your twenties you're still inventing yourself; when you reach your late thirties an interesting thing happens and you start being more like the person you used to be before your twenties.
The Blog of Author Jonathan Stephensjonstephens on February 16th, 2007 04:07 pm (UTC)
Re: One more thing...
My wife and I found this very interesting. We'll have to see now, won't we?
ryan_fieldryan_field on February 16th, 2007 05:25 pm (UTC)
Re: One more thing...
You'll see what I mean :)
dancewriteredenzdream on February 16th, 2007 05:21 pm (UTC)
That Q was from me, BTW. I wasn't logged in when I checked up on my friends that day! You've got a lot of possibilities! You're headed in the right direction!