Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Future Plans.

I was looking through my old yearbooks the other day.  I started looking at the senior pictures and the little blurbs that went with them which lists "Future Plans".  16 years after the fact, how have their lives turned out?  I know mine has not turned out the way I thought it would when I was a senior in high school.  I was going to go to medical school.  I am a stay-at-home mom that never got her degree.  Far from medical school.

When we are 17 or 18, we think we have this whole life thing pegged.  We are going to do it better than our parents did.  We are going to have this world by the...  HAHAHAHAHAHAAAAHHHAAAAA!!!!!!!!  Sorry, I couldn't even finish that thought.  Let me share a secret that most of my readers already know...

We knew NOTHING!!!!!!!!!!!

Sure, some of us went on to do what we said or the plans were pretty vague.  "Get a job."  That's almost guaranteed, isn't it?  But I bet their lives aren't really what they expected them to be.  Life was supposed to be "easy" back then.  For the most part, I think that "future plans" in a high school year book is completely laughable.  Something to look back on and ponder, "Gosh, I had such dreams."

Don't get me wrong.  I think it is great to have can you go anywhere if you don't?  But I think they should be flexible.  What's that saying?  Life is what happens while we are making plans.  Life doesn't always line up with our plans.  God is the only one that can see the WHOLE picture.  And I am very thankful that I don't have hold of the wheel with my very narrow view.

I wouldn't change my life for anything.  Ok, there are a few things that I would love to have not had to go through, but I wouldn't be where I am right now.  And I am happy right now.  I love my life right now.  I wouldn't want my "future plans."

How about you?  What were your plans in high school?  How do you feel about them now?


  1. In our senior newspaper thing, I was probably the only student who in their "where will you be in 10 years" did not have anything about marriage or kids. And among my close friends, I was the first to marry and have kids.

    My life has taken so. many. twists. And every time I declare that I will never do X, I almost always end up doing it. So I'm trying very hard not to place absolutes on anything at this point. I think God likes to look at me and say, "Oh yeah?" every time I tell him how things are going to be. It's amusing!

    Great post!

  2. Sigh, my high school plans were to get a music degree then move toward teaching college music. Not exactly, how it happened since I have two degrees in English and working on becoming a writer, but I wouldn't want it any other way. I knew nothing in high school. Not sure, I know any more than I did back then.

  3. I got a version of my future plans. A better one, I think. I was planning on doing the rock star thang, and touring the world.
    Rather than that, I play guitar for a living, and see my family every day. Much better deal. :)
    Great post, babe!

  4. Actually, my plans turned out pretty much the way I wanted. My plan was to marry Tim and be a stay at home mom. ( yep knew him that lonnnng ago) College would have been nice but I knew what I was born to do. Only difference is now, it includes grandkids :) Kit

  5. LOL I was training for the Olympics. Loud mouthed Republican brat starting to play in politics. sigh...missed the Olympics, joined the Navy. Met the most wonderful man in the world..found God along the way to having 7 kids. Yeah! You are right on! God's way is, was, and will be the best!
    God bless
    Heather Laurie
    PS go sign up for the custom made cape I am giving away!