The question

One of the biggest questions I was ever asked was, “If you keep doing what you are doing, where will you be in five years?” I was silent. Then I felt sadness. If I keep doing what I am doing, I will be exactly where I am. Somewhere I do not want to be. Struggling to get by, wondering when my food stamps will go through. Hoping to be able to give my children a good Easter. Living in an area where I am afraid to be outside after a certain time of day.

I want to feel that my children are safe. I want to take them on vacation. I just want to have freedom. I am getting there. It is taking time, but I will make it happen. In five years, I see us in a different place. Being able to do things without checking my bank account. Not worrying about missing work. Seeing smiles on my kids’ faces all the time.

So where do you see yourself in five years?

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