I've never been the kind of person to look too far ahead. I don't quite see the point. It's not like we can stop a catastrophe from occurring or change the world somehow like the superhero's in 'The Avenger' could.. I suppose we can prepare for it but if we don't know what to expect how can we prepare ourselves? And even when we claim to cry out, "Hey I'm going to prepare for my future"; because your future is so unforeseeable, what is it that you are supposed to prepare for exactly?
Some people, at the raw age of 19 or 20 make plans for a great/somewhat great future and have a step one-step two process well set in their heads and maybe even on paper or in a journal somewhere. More so, we are even expected to be that way-"Where do you see yourself in 5 years?"
I suppose that is just a way of judging a person's ambitions, confidence and belief in the credibility of his or her ambitions..
But at the same time we start to compare ourselves, at an early age, to the ambitions of others. And no two people are alike. Everybody is made up of the same matter (or cells or tissues or whatever you want to call it), and they may work in similar ways but there is a good chance that the person that you are comparing yourself to works in a very different way which is why he or she is or has reached a place so different from you, causing the need for a comparison in the first place. That person's achievement in relation to time might be magnanimous but maybe if you continue to believe in yourself, in another ten or twenty years your average achievement might be magnanimous in comparison to that person's.