Back in April 2015 I came across a tool about writing 5 Future Scenarios. It was a way of visioning where you want to go/who you want to be/what you want to do. The approach has you pick 5 different elements of what you think your future life could be like and then tell the story as if it was 5 years from now. How did I become X? Or how did I do Y? There are so many life elements you could write about that are part of your future lifestyle – travel, hobbies, activities, classes, experiences, personal development, living location, relationships/connections, creative expression – but just pick 5!
“We’re all heroes of our own stories.” George R.R. Martin
As a writer, I enjoyed the tool as a fun way of doing self-discovery and future visioning. But story telling is a tool anyone can use. We all tell stories. Tell me about the day with your grandson, that Thai yoga massage you like, that new restaurant you tried, that book you just finished reading. Tell me about the amazing trip you took & how did you plan it? How did you become a writer, a painter, a potter, a marathoner, or a master gardener? How did you create a healthy daily lifestyle? How did you come to be living here? We all tell stories…. this was just telling the story as if it was 5 years from now, looking back at how it came to be!
I recently pulled out those 5 scenarios, which I had written and then just put away. It wanted to see if in 3+ years anything had come to fruition. My stories were not long – merely 1-2 paragraphs for each one. My 5 scenario elements were Foodie-ness, Location, Blogging, Life Rhythm, and a pure Fantasy one that involved my husband changing (oh dear). I was very early in my retirement transition (I had not even started blogging!), and I had a lot of self-discovery still to do.
While not exactly as written in the scenarios, I was shocked at how many of the details did come to be!
- I did create a life-coaching retirement transition class and met a couple I still connect with. This was actually written exactly in one of the stories!
- I did create a foodie-club, which continues to meet (almost) every month to explore new restaurants around town. And I did join forces with a friend to write a food-based review of our dining experiences (and we are trying to see if we can get them published locally).
- We did settle my SIL in her new apartment and moved to our own new location. Although our house was not a fixer-upper (as depicted in the location scenario), it was exactly as described. It also has a workable office space for me; a functioning kitchen I cook in; and a dining room that is for dining (not working), which were all details mentioned in various scenarios.
- I planned (and executed) the trip to Africa I wrote about in Life Rhythm.
- I created a retirement transition blog and it is being followed. The Blogging story had followers as a surprise detail!
- After some challenges, life has resolved itself into more freedom and a working daily rhythm… both in Ohio and Florida! Again written as part of Life Rhythm – not the challenges but the working daily routines.
The pure fantasy story is the one that didn’t really emerge. Probably because it was so unrealistic and out of my personal control – like hubby deciding not to be a pack-rat!
It’s so exciting to see how this tool worked as part of visioning. I had not looked at these stories in the past 3 years, and yet each had many, many details that came to happen. Some would say that by creating them in this intentional manner, I allowed the Universe to know it was what I wanted.
I will be creating 5 new future scenarios this summer as part of a new creative visioning exercise. Now to think about what elements to write about!
Have you ever used this type of tool for visioning? Are you intrigued to try it?
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