As I posted two weeks ago or so, one of the factors that I have noticed creeping into my own life is a lack of continuing education on my part, largely driven by my distaste of aspects of my current career.
Which brings up a second sort of useful question: What does my career path forward look like?
Belying my earlier post on robots, I suspect that my career field will at least be viable throughout my working career (in my world defined by another 20 years or so). The rather unfortunate reality is that while I can improve on my current skill set and knowledge my ability to directly migrate over to a completely new career field (at least, one I would have to do rather than want to do) is rather limited.
I think I have one, maybe two more moves in me. This is predicated on the concept that at least one of those moves would be for a career related reason and one for a final relocation reason (no idea what that would look like). I am sensitive to the fact that in my own personal world we are in an era of transition: quite likely within 10 years there will only be two of us back at home. This creates certain options that may not be apparent now.
In the happiest of worlds (or at least the happiest I can come up with) I have two more positions, each of 8-10 years, ending in some form of executive management. I believe this to be within my power: in my line of work (at least currently) experience still merits a certain level of respect and desirability.
If I start with that as a thought - and assume that I find two positions that I enjoy - I can begin to work backwards with the knowledge base and experience base that I would need (yes, it really is rather that easy). Throw in some language study (keep the options open) and I may have the hint of a working plan.
But what of Ichiryo Gusoku, my philosophy on living and sustainability, you might ask? Legitimate Question. I believe that a plan of this nature preserves my options for this, assuming that (for now) I keep them in a tight circle around feasibility and what I can do given my location (Cheese and Garden Yes, Bees Maybe, Larger Livestock No).
I find it exciting, in a certain sort of odd way. Having a sense of purpose and control can bring some level of calm to the chaos and inevitable lack of control of so many parts of one's career.