My friend Dia put up a simple facebook post: “Where do you see yourself in five years?” It’s a simple question but a profound one, and it got me to thinking.
If only I’d taken my core classes more seriously, right now I’d be 15 credits away from graduating with my A.A. in English Lit. But I need 6 credits in science and 6 credits in math. I’ve been away from school for more than 10 years, and there is an expiration date on an undergrad’s math and science credits it seems. So I’m 27 credits, or 9 classes short, of graduation. I can do that in two semesters. By spring 2012 I’ll be at U.C.F., and I’ll have 4 semesters to go to graduate with a B.A. in English Lit. If I pull summer terms I can also have a B.A. in Creative Writing. By spring 2014 I’ll be out with 2 degrees, and ready for my M.F.A. program. In the spring of 2014 I’ll be done. In four years I’ll have my M.F.A., and I’ll be ready to switch from nursing to teaching. How awesome is that?
Plus, in five years I’ll have another five spiritual books out, all about the Lucumí faith, my first novel, and, hopefully, my first collection of contemporary short stories.
I think that’s a rather productive five years, don’t you?
Other than that . . . I’ll dance a lot . . . sing a lot . . . pray a lot . . . work the religion whenever I can and spread love as thickly and widely as possible.
I’m looking forward to the next five years!