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Happy to just muddle along

Do you lack burning ambition? So what, says Hazel Davis, maybe life is better when you don’t live according to a plan

‘What do you want to do next?’ asked my friend, Annie, as we sat on my sofa, guzzling chocolate and watching Girls. ‘Um, shall we start another episode?’ I suggested, contentedly.

‘No, I mean in life!’ she said.

There was a silence. It hadn’t occurred to me that there was a next. There I was, with a moderately successful freelance career, two children, several musical instruments that I enjoyed playing in my spare time and a garden. What could possibly be next? ‘Career goals, a bigger house, more money,’ she pressed… ‘Where do you want to be in 10 years’ time?’ ‘Er, I don’t know. Still alive?’ I replied. I think about that conversation a lot.

Unlike Annie, I have never felt the drive to do better and have more. I work a lot in the business arena and I’m constantly bombarded by lessons – hell, I’ve even written them – on striving for better things, attaining goals and devising five-year plans.

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