I get Seth Godin’s blog sent to my email every day. (And if you don’t, you should! Click on the Website tab of this page to find out how.) Reading his blog is probably one of the most valuable daily routines I have.
Today he asked the question – Seven years from now, what will you have to show for what you’re doing right now? Wow! What a question!
Exactly right now I’m writing this post. I hope that in 7 years this blog will still be around. That it will have developed and grown and changed me and whoever reads it in at least some small way. That it creates a space to explore, question, and ponder the story of life.
Probably the only thing I am sure of is that 7 years from now I’ll be 30. And I will hopefully be finished with a Master’s Degree in Theology. But I could be doing anything, living anywhere. I could be married. I could have kids. I could have my own coffee shop in the northwest. I could have a Ph.D and be a professor. The “I could’s” are endless and overwhelming. But the scariest “I could” is this: I could be doing exactly what I’m doing now, exactly where I’m doing it.
I think this is why Seth Godin asks this question. When I look around at people’s lives, the majority of them seem stuck. And comfortable in (or at least unaware of) their “stuckness.” Stuck in jobs, stuck in marriages, stuck in places that aren’t giving them life or energy. Stuck with nothing to do or too much to do and no time left to create and move and learn. And as long as they are comfortable or unaware, they trudge through life (happy or not), persisting in stuckness.
I know that’s bleak, but more often than not I think it’s true.
Once you graduate college life loses it’s benchmarks. It loses the natural opportunities to change, move, redefine who you are and what you’re doing. And so 7 years come and go and unbeknownst to you, you have little to show for it.
I don’t have an exact answer to Seth’s question but it’s a question I hope I never stop asking myself. I hope it’s a question that keeps my eyes open. I hope it’s a question that keeps me from “stuckness.”