In February, I bought a book called Q&A a Day: 5-Year Journal.
It has 365 pages with a different question/writing prompt for each day and lined response areas for five years-worth of answers. You can see over time how your answers have changed … or haven’t. I’ve been wanting to do this for a while, because I love the idea of seeing my answers over five years, but I decided to hold off starting until yesterday, my birthday.
The question for April 21 was “What do you want to say when someone asks ‘What do you do?'”
I’ve wanted to be a lot of things over the years. I wanted to be Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman for a while. I really wanted to be a doctor for a while, and I still think about that often. I also find veterinary medicine appealing. However, my official answer is one that has stayed pretty consistently the same throughout most of my life: I want to say I’m a writer, an author, that I have a published book. Despite this being an almost life-long desire, I haven’t set goals or moved forward much in pursuit of this. And that’s disappointing, but all is not lost. I am a writer. I have published a short story. My time isn’t done yet, I can still do this. Right?
I’ll be interested to see what my answer is to this next year. And the year after that. And five years from now.
What about you? What’s your answer?