Considering my options for the future I got into a conversation with a 26 year old, I’m 62, the symmetry of the numbers intrigued me.
As did his thinking on the subject. Without knowing it, he is a planner. I, on the other hand, have always landed on my feet, according to one of my oldest friends.
I was fascinated at the detail of the numbers that my 26 year old brought into the open, the percentages that he and his employer contribute towards his pension. He values his employer’s pensions structure and the reassurance this gives him now, he can plan his next steps based on his net salary, knowing that the phase beyond youth is covered, financially.
His present is grounded in friendship. House-sitting for a year or more while the owner, a friend from teenage years, travels. Safe in the knowledge that her home is safe. For both this is a good plan.
His next step was a “trip of a lifetime” holiday, to far off places for culture, geology, street food and with his love. Exploring with open eyes. Living with thrill. Good plan.
We turned to “what next?” And again I was intrigued by the way compromise was embraced, with it’s real challenges. “Can I get everything I want?” “What is at the absolute centre of how I want to live my life?”
With these things clear he has a problem: “How can I make this work?” Time to make the next good plan.
And for a 26 year old with clarity of what is at the centre of his life, I have no doubt he will find the way to make that plan. What is at the centre of yours? Work with me for clarity – at any age.