Watch out 2033, I’m coming. I hope you’re ready.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

WP Daily Prompt # 1907

I guess most people have ideas of where they want their lives to go and for most of our lives that can revolve around work, family etc. However, now when I think 10 years ahead, I will be looking at retirement and I’m thinking about what I’d like that to look like.

They say how quickly time passes as we age and its scary just how true that is. I can’t believe when I joined my employer’s pension scheme I was thinking it would be 25 years until I could retire. It felt like a lifetime. Working with those original calculations I now have 3 years to go.

Since then, the state retirement age in the UK has increased and is now at 67-68 for me, but also to get access to the full company pension I need to work through to 68-70 – so 10 years or so from now. I do know when I get there, I’m going to make the most of my time and the funds will help support my plans.

So to answer the question in the prompt, in 10 years time I hope to be retiring but not from life. I’ll be opening up a new chapter – or maybe I’ll be starting a new book with 4 chapters to start with.

Health & Fitness

Having good health as we age is important. For me, I want to ensure good health and a good level of fitness going into retirement so that I can go off exploring castles and coffee shops throughout the world. Being fit and healthy will also mean I’m better able to manage the CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) so it won’t interfere with my plans. I have 10 years to perfect the secret recipe. This is the first chapter as this area impacts on every thing else.

Curiosities, Castles and Coffee Shops

In 2033 I hope that my blog is still thriving and that I am still blogging. I am looking forward to more free time to dedicate to blogging. My vision is to develop and expand my blog, continuing to cover a range of different topics rather than being confined to a specific niche. By 2033 I may no longer be working as a lecturer, but the fact that I enjoy helping others so much has me wondering if I might develop that side of my blog/website more, maybe offering coaching or some sort of tutoring/advisory service to students.

Gone Exploring

Given the fact that Curiosities, Castles and Coffee Shops was first established to capture my exploratory journeys it will not come as a surprise that I hope to have the energy (thanks to health and fitness) to go off exploring castles, historic sites and museums everywhere – I have the whole world as my oyster, I’m going to need all that free time to make sure I fit everything in! With all that exploration, I’ll need to make sure I set aside some time to share the stories on the blog.

Getting Creative

One unexpected aspect of blogging has been discovering (or maybe rediscovering) my love of writing. In particular, creative writing. This was not something I had considered at all a year ago, or even when I started blogging in August 2022 but I’ve now produced a couple of creative writing posts and this is definitely something to explore further. I’m curious to see what I can do, how far this will take me. This is a chapter which is still being written; its too early to know whether I will develop my storytelling skills, or whether I will write a short story or maybe even a novel. I am looking forward to the time to explore this aspect. This chapter is unknown, full of uncertainties, but its something I am excited about.

The Future

No one knows what the future holds for them. Ten years can seem like a long time, but as I sit in 2023 thinking about 2033, I feel excited and because of the chapters I’m planning to write. I’m impatient to get started, but there’s nothing wrong with working on each of the chapters today; it helps me work towards a more established, exciting and hopefully rewarding and fulfilling future.

What about you, what are your plans for the future? Where will you be in 10 years’ time?

One thing that will be a constant in those 10 years will be me writing on Curiosities, Castles and Coffee Shops. Why not subscribe to the blog and be part of the journey.


  1. I love that you’re looking ahead…and with such enthusiasm and terrific ideas…and your thought about having 10 years to ‘perfect the secret recipe’ seems perfect…ample time to add to your list, continue to explore your interests and ENJOY. Most of all, I love that you’re thinking about dreams inclusive of maintaining good health. That seems so smart to me. Protective of our most important assets — health and wellness. Good for you! And thank you for taking us along with you, Brenda! 🥰🥰🥰

  2. It’s great to hear that you have such exciting plans for the future! Your dedication to maintaining good health and fitness is admirable, and it’s fantastic that you’re looking forward to exploring the world and expanding your creative horizons. It’s also wonderful that you’re committed to continuing your blog and sharing your experiences with your readers. Your positivity and enthusiasm are infectious, and I’m sure that you will achieve all that you set out to do. Keep up the great work, and I wish you all the best for the next 10 years and beyond!

  3. Hmmm, 10 years from now I will be wondering how my kids aged to 40, 45, and 47 and I haven’t aged a single day since 2023 😉
    Coming up on 74 at that point, with no concept of where I might be living, as in having a need to move or simply wanting to. I would like to believe I will be healthy enough and still mobile enough to travel since I will be drawing from my retirement funds by then. Honestly though Brenda, I choose not to speculate or plan or even dream about more than that. While my life will not be over (I hope) I just think that I’d rather simply see what comes. Sometimes planning is overrated 🙂

    • Thanks Deb, let’s hope, as you say that we’re still here and healthy and mobile enough to enjoy our lives. 😁

  4. Hi Brenda!
    😃This blog post is so exciting and encouraging.
    I thought your age is 30 or 35.
    It makes me wonder when you write that you’ll be retiring professionally in next 10 years.
    A big applause for your energy, and dedication! 👏👏
    The blog posts published on this blog are rich in fresh thoughts. I must say this!
    Where are how I’ll be in the next 10 years?
    ‘I don’t know.’ I used to plan things, earlier, as long as as ‘for years’.
    I usually ask myself, ‘Where I’ll be after one year’.
    To be little aware and courageous, I think, I’ll be doing something ‘creative, entertaining and cool activitie’s in my life.
    This blog will remain live till I remain live. I wish people know and remember me for good reasons.
    Then I don’t if I’ll live, a normal life, on tomorrow or not, honestly! Lol.😂

    • Corrections:
      1. Where and how I’ll be in the next 10 years?”
      2. “This blog will remain live till I remain live. I wish people know and remember me for good reasons.” (here I’m taking about my blog)

    • Hi Lokesh, you’re so sweet. I’m 57. I think, because of my history with illness, I only really found my energy after Covid arrived and we went into lockdown, so im enjoying all this energy I’ve found, and that gives me the energy to be enthusiastic. I think that’s why I can plan; I can now see a future, a life wirth living and I don’t want to waste a minute. When I played online games I used to think of time wasted. I maybe spend as much time blogging, but it feels like a good use of time

      Youre still at the start of your life with so many possibilities and opportunities you won’t even be aware of yet. My advice is to enjoy the moment

  5. Great planning ambitions. Whilst the time goes by development considerations are always present in an active mind like yours. New ideas spring into your plans and build more dynamics still. It’s admirable too that you wish to get your motivation up and running from now to enjoy the very start of your retirement. I’ll be 76 in 10 years. Got no idea where I’ll be. But I know I’ll still be using a fountain pen for writing choice, playing a guitar and drinking coffee. 😊 All the best.

    • Thanks Gray. It occurred to me, as I reflect on what I wrote yesterday, that it’s probably more accurate to say I’ll continue doing these things. I’m not putting them on hold or waiting for 10 years. Besides, Academic holidays are good and I’ll have time to work on some of these during the summer. After all, that’s when I started this blog.
      Maybe one day I’ll be exploring Wales and we can grab a coffee together

      • I read from time to time a lady who has made it a challenge to walk the complete UK mainland. Going on her holiday breaks and determining what she can achieve in miles on the different occasions. Her view on our area was interesting. Saw things that we had missed despite living here. She has written about Scotland too. I reckon you will see a different Wales to what we living here do. It is an amazing place to live. Later down the line Machynlleth is where the best coffee meet ups are. 😊 Cheers Brenda.

  6. Wow, retirement planning already? Time really flies, huh? In 10 years, I hope to be living my best life, exploring the world and staying fit and healthy. I’ll be dedicating more time to my blog. It’s all about enjoying life to the fullest, right?

    • Definitely. I think its about taking care of myself today so I will be fit and able to live and enjoy life to its fullest
      Thanks for stopping by, Ritish

  7. Good question, and one that’s been coming up a lot for me lately. Its so easy to stay caught up in the ‘now’ that those days seem so far away…and yet they are approaching quickly! 💞

  8. 10 years? For one in the mid 80’s, 10 years is real iffy. If I’m still hanging out on the planet, I hope that I’ll be walking around on my own two feet, coherent, relatively healthy, have friends left to play with, and my sense of humor still in tact because Lord knows, I’ll need it!

  9. Yes, the years do seem to fly by faster the older we get. Great plans and mine run parallel…although a couple of years ahead.

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