Here’s How to Describe Your Future, If Anyone Asks

Jaden Smith.
Jaden Smith. Photo: Photo Image Press/Corbis

It’s cruel to ask anyone what their ten-year plan is, because who knows? Not me! I don’t  know. Take a nap? Why are you being mean? I don’t even know what I want for lunch. Now I’m going to cry and hyperventilate into a bag, thanks for ruining my day.

But of course, highly evolved teen Jaden Smith is totally chill in the face of such questions about the future. He pretty much lives there anyway. When asked in a recent GQ interview where he thinks he’ll be ten years from now, Smith gave the best possible answer: “Gone.”

He clarifies:

“No one will know where I am in ten years. They’ll see me pop up, but they’ll be like, ‘Where’d you come from?’ No one will know. No one will know where I’m at. No one will know who I’m with. No one will know what I’m doing. I’ve been planning that since I was like 13 … It’ll be kind of like Banksy. But in a different way. More of a social impact. Helping people. But through art installations. It’ll be like, ‘This just happened that helped a bunch of people over here. We don’t know who did it, but these symbols and things were left around, so we can only guess that it’s Jaden and the squad.’ You know what I’m saying? So I’m just dedicating my whole life to helping the world.”

Now you have a better answer for when Grandma starts harassing you at Thanksgiving dinner. Instead of stress-eating mashed potatoes in response to the “Where do you want to be in ten years?”question,  just tell her — “Gone.”

How to Describe Your Future, If Anyone Asks