From Dr. Jane's Notebook

"20-Somethings" need a life plan, too

            Remember when we used to ask children, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Every kid seemed to have a pre-rehearsed answer along the lines of fireman, policeman, doctor, lawyer or veterinarian. As women entered more traditionally male occupations, we stopped expecting little girls to answer either nurse or teacher, and we learned to stumble awkwardly over terms like “police-person” and “postal-officer”. Next came a host of technical responses from kids, such as software engineer, entrepreneur or microbiologist, which often left us silently puzzling and scratching our heads. But today, the most worrisome responses come from young adults who say, “I have no idea!” Unfortunately that’s where many get stuck and where many remain.

            Regardless of when you start constructing your Life Plan, place yourself in the center of the plan. You may already be married or have children, and if so, they will be part of the plan. For now however, take time to consider how to become the person you want to be.

            Imagine your desired future, say ten and even twenty years from now. Think about places where you would like to live, the type of home you would like to call your own, the friends and family you would like to have, and the amount of money you will need to earn through your work or investments. Write down your dreams and keep them close to the place inside you where decisions are made. The choices you make will bring you closer to your dreams or take you further away. No path is without its detours, but the precious possession of a Life Plan will always help you get back on track.

©Copyright, 2005, Jane R. Rosen-Grandon. All rights reserved.

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