The colorful wolf

September 24, 2008

Wake me up…

Filed under: Thoughts — randy @ 22:56

There is one question, asked to me and my fellow students during my university days, that I will always remember. All students were asked this question during a job-application training session. 

Where do you see yourself five years from now?

The technically correct answer is obvious, even if you have no clue what you will be doing: “I will be working for your company and I will be managing a group of people after being promoted a couple of times”. Or something similar. That is what companies want to hear from you. Most people answered the question similarly. Some were a bit more honest, but most of them did not even think twice about this question. They would be working in the Netherlands for some company related to ICT. I didn’t know the answer to that question myself, but I was sure of one thing: I would definitely NOT be working in the Netherlands at some boring job at some boring IT company. I was proud of myself that I did not know the answer to that question. It was something that defined my personality. I went to Japan and had the best three years of my life. Moving away from the obvious path made me happier than I could ever imagine. 

Right now, three years later, I still don’t know the answer to the question. My life has not been boring. I have had a great three years here, both in the company and socially. I met interesting people, I grew a lot socially, I learned to trust people and to distrust people, and I learned to live for myself and make my own goals. Life goes on, and so do people. Friends finish their internship and go back home, and even long-time colleagues eventually move on to greener pastures. Everyone has a life of their own and goals of their own, and they move away from here to fulfill them and live out their life. 

This morning I went to Yokohama to make the final steps to renew my Japanese visa for another three years. It’s quite possible that I could still be here five years after I graduated. The answer to the question for me would have been: “still at my first job”. Is that the answer to my question? I would not like it to be. I am still proud of myself for not knowing the answer to this question right now, but I fear that the answer to the question asked to me three years ago will not satisfy me. I think I can finally answer that question. I will not be here two years from now. Five years after my graduation I will be somewhere else again, with a new life, and a new answer to the question that people will undoubtedly be asking me again. Let’s see what answer I can come up with in the future.

Proudly going where no sane man ever went before!



  1. Go for the star’s man!! For me it’s been 30 year’s and yes, I’m exactly where I thought I would be.. VERY HAPPY!! Like you said life has it’s up’s and down’s but we all roll as day’s go by!! til l8er

    Comment by wavemaker2 — September 25, 2008 @ 0:19 | Reply

  2. Word je nie gek van die vent dat ie steeds een reactie geeft op je blog??Zal wel lief bedoeld zijn maar hij praat alleen maar over zichzelf!

    En voor de zoveelste keer: NU DOE JE HET WEER!!!!!!!!Hou eens op we snappen het nu wel. Mensen houden er niet van als je 1000x hetzelfde schrijft. Nederland is nou eenmaal nederland. Dat wij er wonen is dan voor ons, uit jouw oogpunt een nadeel he!

    Comment by shanna — September 25, 2008 @ 20:32 | Reply

  3. Dankjewel Shanna. Dit is mijn blog. Ik schrijf wat ik wil en daar heb jij niks over te zeggen. Moet je nou zelfs hier ook nog eens altijd je zin krijgen? Neem het niet zo persoonlijk op, zeg. Ik ga me hier zeker niet verantwoordelijken tegenover jou. Mijn mening is mijn mening, en ik kan hier alles neerzetten wat ik wil, zelfs al ergert jou dat enorm.

    Comment by rheide — September 25, 2008 @ 21:14 | Reply

  4. ik ga niet met je in discussie, maar vind het wel leuk dat jij je er aan ergert dat ik me er aan erger. of eigenlijk niet maar goed. jij hebt een openbare blog waar iedereen een reactie op mag geven dus dan kan je die krijgen ook!

    Comment by shanna — September 26, 2008 @ 0:45 | Reply

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