Depressing or as frightening as it may be, it is pointless to plan a specific future. There are too many variables in play for your version to come to fruition. You may have an idea or ideal of what you’d like the next few years to be like, but in truth, you just need to prepare for whatever changes will happen to alter your original plan.
So I suppose you need a back-up, or a back-up to your original back-up. You should prepare yourself to be alright for whatever happens. What if your job prospectives fail? What if your relationship falls apart? What can help you to continue enjoying life as it should be enjoyed? Because truthfully, the one thing that should remain is your appreciation for the being a part of the world.
“Stuff your eyes with wonder, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.” -Ray Bradbury. Words to try to live by.
“You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.” -Ray Bradbury.
One thing I have realized about my writing, is that I write my most truthful words when I am under duress. Words become my therapy. LIfe has so many ups and downs, and the fact that we are social means that others can throw curves into our perfectly straight and thought out plans. When I write, it keeps me from falling apart. There is a sense of ease and a feeling of longevity; I will live through this moment, The next moment will be better. Happiness is a state that you yourself can nurture.