What’s Next?

by Randy Murray on May 17, 2011

For Me

My youngest daughter is graduating from high school and in the fall she’ll start college far away in Rhode Island. My wife and I will celebrate our 30th anniversary and for the first time in 23 years, we’ll be back on our own, both of us now 51 years old. It will also be my 2nd anniversary on my own as a professional writer.

So what’s next?

For my wife and I our days will be much the same. She will go into work; I’ll work from home (the paying kind of business writing work). I’ll write another play, another book or two, and perhaps expand the ranks of authors I publish at First Today Press.  And together we’ll do a little more traveling, change our menu to a bit more adventurous, now that we don’t have to worry about what Jennifer will eat, and maybe even take up an activity together, like Tai Chi or racing dirt bikes.

When I look at my life I see 18 years as a child, 3 on my own, a married couple for 7, a parent with kids at home for 23, and now a future, hopefully a long one, filled with possibility. I don’t have a plan beyond what I’m doing over the next few months. I have hopes and desires, but for what comes next, who knows?

It’s exciting.


For You

Although your life may seem unchanging, what you’ll do tomorrow is uncertain.  You may have a plan, but trust me, the plan isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on or the electrons it’s shaped from. It’s not really even your goals that matter. What matters is discovering what you love to do and doing it.

Some days you get to do it only a little. Very few of you will get to do what you love for a living. But do what you love to do and worry a bit less about what comes next.

It’s exciting.

The What’s Next? by Randy Murray, unless otherwise expressly stated, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

{ 1 comment… read it below or add one }

Missy | The Literal Mom May 17, 2011 at 6:33 pm

I have 15 more years until “empty nest.” Seems like a long time, but I know it will go fast.

And . . . you publish authors? We’re going to have to talk, Randy! If I have one main goal for the next decade (I just turned 40), besides the usual - stay fit, raise my kids, stay married - it is to write my book. Finally.


Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post: