Maybe The Best Plan In Life Is To Not Even Have A Plan…

 

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All my life  I have always heard people talk about their “life plan”. Elaborate things like where they would go to college, when they were  going to graduate, where they were going to move to, what type of career they were going to pursue, when they planned on getting married, who they were going to marry, when they were going to have kids… I think you get the idea

 

Listening to people talk about all of these things made my head hurt.  Being surrounded by it so much, I guess I eventually thought up a  “life plan” just so that I could be part of the norm- I just assumed that I had to create a “life plan” for myself. After awhile I had it all planned out. I would graduate college in 2018, purchase a new car shortly after that, move to Boston, and marry my best friend. Oh and adopt a couple of dogs, of course.

 

But after taking some time to think about life and all of its ups and downs, how can you even have a plan? How can you be so sure that life will even give you the chance to make a plan?

 

Our world is changing each and every day, every hour something new is occurring. A revolutionary medical process is discovered, a small human is brought into the world, a new technology is created… even the occurrence of a terrorist attack is a possibility.

 

I’m sure that the innocent civilians who were affected by the Brussels ISIS attack these past weeks had “life plans” of their own, and I bet that being in the middle of a bombing wasn’t part of their plans.

 

Why do we make these “life plans”, when the reality is that life is changing each and every day. Can life even be planned? Life is not going to wait for you so that it can precisely fit all of your hopes and aspirations into it like a puzzle piece.

 

Maybe the best plan in life is to not even have a plan. Maybe if you don’t create a script in your mind of where and when you’ll be in your life in each given year, you’ll be able to find a plan that’s meant to be.

 

I have come to the conclusion that when you decide to take the road less traveled, you’ll finally be able to chase your dreams, even if you are not fully positive on what those are yet.

 

Perhaps life isn’t supposed to be planned, maybe we don’t all need to create a blueprint for how we should be living our lives. The truth is, we don’t know where life is going to take us, or what we can expect to come our way each day.

 

I won’t lie, I still want to marry my best friend, and driving a Jeep Wrangler around town would be pretty nice. But maybe I don’t need to have each aspect of my life planned out to a “T”, maybe the details aren’t really needed. If you have too many details and too many fine lines you leave yourself no room to explore the ever-changing aspects of life that could appear right in front of you out of spontaneity each and every day.

 

What’s your take on having a “life plan”? Do you have one?

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  • I don’t exactly have a ‘life plan’ — I’ve learned that life doesn’t give a poop! (hehe!) Such an insightful post — thanks for sharing! http://www.heartofchic.com

  • This is an awesome post… I think every time I try to put together more of my life plan, life likes to smack me in the face and remind me that I’m not always in charge. I have a general idea of what I want to do, but I think of them more like achievable dreams, and it keeps driving me forward, but leaves me open to change 🙂 thank you for sharing!

    -Alexa
    http://misfitalexa.com

  • Great post, Kenzie! I think that everyone has some sort of “life plan” whether it ends up working out or not. I am a very type A planner person so when my life plan gets thrown off I get a little flustered.
    xoxo, Jenny

  • Anna Hubbard

    This is a very thought-provoking post! Although I have a general idea of how I’d like my life to turn out, I know that there are many unexpected twists and turns along the way. All I can do is enjoy the ride!
    -Anna | http://www.fivefootandfabulous.com

  • Amen to this! I used to be so scared of the uncertainty of the future. Packing up for my first full time job across the world really got me out of my comfort zone and left me open to anything and everything!

  • LOVE! I think having a plan is a good thing, BUT at the same time, we need to expect bumps on the road, and changes in our plan no matter how unexpectantly.

  • Great post, I usually just go with the flow and don’t plan too much, it works out well. Gemma x
    http://www.jacquardflower.uk

  • I’m such a planner and not having a plan really freaks me out. I want to be a little bit more lax, but I can’t seem to do it! Love this post, so maybe it’ll help me figure it all out!

    Nicole // Chronicling Home

  • I have a plan, but deviate so much! Lol

  • I love that image. I think we just have to go along for the ride and make the most out of what we are given. Life is to full of ups and downs to stick to a plan!

    La Belle Sirene

  • I have to plan everything out to a T. I am so lost when things are just spontaneous, but I am trying to get better at it.

    thanks for sharing this!!

    xoxo

    Amy | Pastel N Pink

  • Such a great post! I have a tendency to always want to stick to the “plan” I set for myself. However, lately I’ve been working on learning to go with the flow more!

    Kayla | kaylablogs.com

  • Lauren Ashley

    This is a great post and really is something I needed today. I actually have been really stressed and upset lately because my life isn’t going according to “plan.” Sometimes I just have to let it be and that’s hard for me!

    Lauren

    The Fashionista’s Diary

    • 🙂 yes it’s tough to always stay on track with life plans, i think it is easier to give yourself a little bit of leeway when it comes to these plans

  • This post really hit home for me. I am such a planner!! But sometimes I need to just live life in the now .. thanks for sharing this!

    -Morgan
    How 2 Wear It [] http://how2wearit.com

  • It’s so hard to not get excited about the future and want to make life plans. I always try to keep an open mind and just day dream and imagine of the possibilities that are out there without getting to emotionally attached.
    Marly