“What is your five-year plan?”
Oh boy… you have no idea how much I hate that question. After I moved to San Francisco it has popped up in several conversations I’ve had with friends and coworkers. My answer is always the same: first I smile, then I take a deep breath and finally I respond with an “I don’t know”. I lie, I do have a plan. I am just too shy to daydream out loud about it.
Today I went the other way and asked myself what was the plan 5 years ago, when I was 21. In short: I wanted to be a Computer Engineer, work for either Apple or Google, get married and have at least one kid.
How did that go? Well, today I do have my CE degree, but it hasn’t been of much use. I had a short-lived grad school life, which I left for an awesome job at Twitter. I’m not married, but I’ve had two amazing partners from whom I’ve learned a lot. Finally, I don’t have any children, but I do have a godson that I love as if he was my own son.
I think it’s ok to have a plan, to keep a todo list of what you want to achieve in life. Nevertheless, I believe it is equally important to embrace detours and alternate paths. Because life is unpredictable, and it evolves really fast.