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Ten years from now, it is inconsequential

I remember when we were asked during job interviews where you see yourself in five years. We were supposed to have some grand plan that was impressive. Watch an old Dick Clark’s bandstand where Madonna premiered, and she was asked about the future. Do you know what she said? Madonna answered simply, “To rule the world.” Word! Nice! Why not?

Those of us who currently go through job interviews should never be asked that question. Those of us, including myself, who were asked that question four years ago, totally got it wrong. The pandemic happened. It upended all our visions. How could anyone guess where they would be in five years, yet alone 10 years? This is now a non-question.

Ten years from now? I honestly don’t know how to even conceive of that. Those who were asked that question three years ago completely got the question wrong. I think I’ll just say I want to rule the world and see what people say.

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  1. SMiLes 9 Years 8 Months
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    to Rule My World Dear Miriam
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  2. But you still have to plan. For education costs. For retirement costs – you wouldn’t want to depend on government largesse – we’re a long way from universal health and old age care, and the demographics are that people are having fewer kids, even in India.
    You have to make plans, knowing they are at best a guess or a straight-line projection of the present, and utterly unreliable.
    We did – and should have spent more money on fun stuff and travel BEFORE I caught ME/CFS and it became a struggle to get through each day. I tell my kids that.
    You can’t predict, but the time will pass, and there you will be.

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  3. I loved this! I love that you have no idea. That you can’t even conceive this concept. It’s crazy how people can say “I will be doing … in ten years”. I don’t even know what I will be doing next year!

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  4. Mimi, I don’t believe you should always listen to what others say. Throughout my life, I haven’t had many people that would genuinely listen to what I had to say rather than react to it. We are all experience-based beings, and everyone’s experiences are wide and unique.

    People are frightened, and I believe this is also what the Media tries to convey. I recall occasions during the Pandemic when close friends and family members fell into a deep depression due to watching too much television. Besides, if it isn’t the Pandemic, there’s always something else, a war, high prices, and who knows what else is on the horizon.

    I just stopped watching TV, trusting others, and basing my emotions on them. Being brave shouldn’t happen only because others push you up or whether they believe in you or not. It’s about doing what you love, being yourself, and believing in your purpose. Who will stand against you if what fills your cup is ruling the world? 🙂

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  5. make a longer plan. last comment got deleted. cheers to my 60 year plan of longevity. second that. 75 for one hundred rules.

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