Where will you be in the year 2026?

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Mr. Lopez planning his future. Photo by Hannah Amburn

By Hannah Amburn

Take some time to think of where you were ten years ago. I was in second grade and about seven years old. I wasn’t thinking about presidential elections or college. Now, at age 18 and a senior in high school, I see myself in ten years as being married to Leonardo DiCaprio and playing on the LPGA.

Ten years seems like a long way down the road but in reality it will be here faster than we think. A lot can happen in ten years. In ten years I will be 28, almost thirty, how about you?

Do you know where you will be in ten years or hope to be?

“ I hope to be done with law school and looking for a job. I probably won’t be married but I will be living on my own. I don’t think I will be involved in football, sadly,” said senior Brett Lopez.

“I’m not even sure where I will be in one year!” said  Julia Lopez, a former student of Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School.

The idea of the future scares all of us. We think about it constantly and are aware of it. We do things in the present to help for our future. Most people are forward thinkers and plan.

High school seniors are in a place in their lives where they really begin to understand this. They have made good grades because they are thinking about college acceptances. They practice everyday for a conference game that will take place months later.

But, there is a difference between having no idea of the future or having a loose idea. It’s not a horrible thing to know exactly where and what you will be doing in ten years. However, some idea is necessary to your development as a responsible adult.

“I’ll be 27, so hopefully married by then. Probably have a good career, in the medical field or something like that. Maybe, just maybe, pregnant with my first kid,” said senior Hyacinth Abad.

Most of the seniors I have talked to have a vague idea of what they will be doing in ten years. So, I changed the question and asked them if they thought this is where they would be ten years ago.

“No, I was 7. Like a lot of things happen that I didn’t expect to happen. That’s when I moved to the U.S., I didn’t expect to stay.” said Ms. Abad.

There is a big difference between 7 and 18. The brain is more developed and can understand things better at 18. Whereas at 7, most children are thinking that they will live happily ever after. I’m positive that if I went ten years into the future and asked some of those seniors if they thought this was where they thought they would be, the answer would be no, 7 times out of 10. There are unpredictable things in life that happen as you grow. You can guess how you think you will be in the future but you can’t guess the experiences that you will go through that change you.

“I see myself at Bishop Sullivan, right here teaching the current second grade students, now grown up. I did not see myself here 10 years ago,” theology teacher John Goerke.

Everyone’s life turns out different than they first imagined. The rough draft usually has an idea of what will happen but you don’t know the actual outcome until you have written the final draft.

So, seniors don’t be afraid of the future, but also expect and understand that not everything will go like you planned.

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Ms. Abad contemplating her future. Photo by Hannah Amburn

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