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Living in the moment

Story and photos by Angie Sutton

www.mothersapronstrings.com

Plan your work and work your plan. This has been my modus operandi since I was about 19 years old. Perhaps it was triggered by the entry-level job interview process where I was asked, “Where do you see yourself in five years?” The first time I was asked this question I really had no idea how to answer it. I suppose I could have been very honest and replied, “In five years I hope to be collecting a paycheck that provides enough disposable income that I can eat from something other than the dollar menu.”

That night I returned to my apartment and contemplated where I really thought I would be in five years. The result was the first of many iterations of “the plan.” Perhaps this is my way of pretending to control my future. Funny thing is most of my life experiences were never on the plan. Now, don’t get me wrong, thinking things through and creating a goal is a good thing. How we react to things that don’t fall within the scope of what we wanted to happen is called “living life.”

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