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?