Today, I heard a group of people talking about what they have done in last 5 years and what they plan to do in the next 5 years with their life. The thought struck me.
5 years ago, I was preparing for MBA entrance exams, and we were told that this is one of the most frequently asked questions in personal interviews – “Where do you see yourselves 5/10 years down the line?” I never thought what I would do the next morning. Leave alone, 5 years. I am not really someone who plans her life. In short, I went unprepared for the interviews and just got lucky. Thankfully, this question was never asked. Anyway, that’s not the point.
Even today, if I am asked where do I see myself in 5 years, I would probably shrug my shoulders and think to myself that my relationship status would be married and the priorities in my life would completely change. But you never know, because this is exactly what I had thought 5 years ago when I was preparing to get into an MBA college. That doesn’t mean I was obsessed with getting married. It was just the general idea, the social expectation I had in mind. I had no clue why I wanted to study further, and that too a degree in business administration. I had no idea if I wanted to work or just laze around. I accept I was a confused soul, and I still am. Things just happened or rather I just let them happen.
But today, when I look back, I believe everything falls into place eventually. Given a chance to re-live last 5 years, I would probably do the same – letting universe plan the course of life for me. I will just sit back and wonder.
Now when I think of those years of my life, not everything has changed but a lot has. I consider myself a better and of course, a wiser person today. I learnt to see things from different perspectives, I learnt to have my opinions and express those, I learnt to let go when things didn’t work out, I learnt that you may not agree with the other person but you can still respect their choices, I learnt to say ‘No’, I learnt to be indifferent and most important, I learnt to forgive myself.
I realized some people are so important in your life that no matter what, you just can’t afford to lose them. I realized that some things are just meant to be, and some are just not. I realized that memories don’t last forever; they fade away after a point of time. I realized that it’s important to tell others how much they mean to you before it’s too late.
All in all, life was good 5 years ago; it just got better with time and hopefully, the pattern continues in the years to follow. I will leave you with the same thought. What and how much has changed in last 5 years?