The year 2019 ends in a few days; 4 days, to be precise. The number 2019, of the Common Era, has been nothing but a roller coaster (for me, at least) but what are we doing in 2020? Scratch that: What would we be doing or where would we be by the time the new decade is over – in 2029?

We may have outgrown the age-long, cliché question about what we’d like to become when we grow up but a similar question on what plans we have for the next couple of years as we paddle through life’s ocean will never not be appropriate.

For many of us, the last time we were consciously asked what our plan for the next five-ten years was, was on an employment form, and we probably just scribbled down thoughtless words in form of aspirations that we really didn’t believe in. You see, about this ‘plan’ thingy, some persons like to simply ‘go with the flow’ while some are master planners who’d never put a foot wrong in mapping out their strategy.

And while many of us are lucky in easily figuring things out, for others like me, it’s an absolute struggle.

This ‘planning’ thingy is like further maths…

I’m not sure I can recall what my response to the question about what I’d like to be when I grow up was when I was first asked or if I was even asked at all, but setting targets as an adult and God’s tiny creature has to be one of the most challenging things to do. I mean, have you ever had several weeks’ plan to do something on a particular day but life’s arrow suddenly hits you and totally derails your plan? It’s the same with planning on food to eat, outfit to wear or music to listen to. Man, that sh*t’s tough!

I can recall now, how one moment I wanted to be an engineer but halfway through studying for a degree in that field and I thought it was a total waste of time. I would complete the degree with less enthusiasm before charting the path I’m currently on, but several occurrences in the past months now have me questioning whether I could do worse with a properly thought out life plan.

I have been able to study, talk and listen to some of the most composed, focused and fairly successful persons I know recently and I’ve discovered that setting deliberate goals largely contributes to their steady progress. I want and need that discipline.

That said, staying resolute and dedicated to a solid, progressive plan might just be the most invaluable life skill that we need going into the future. And what better time to start than the beginning of another decade. So, enough of ‘winging’ it. Let’s plan.


Alexa, please play ‘Do Your Best’ by Femi Kuti featuring Mos Def.