Even if you aren’t a planner, I’m sure you have some sort of plan. A map of what the next five years looks like, a list of what you’re going to do this weekend, an idea of what the future holds.
But plans have a funny way of never working out the way we want them to. Life doesn’t always go according to plan. In fact, it almost never does.
And this can be discouraging. Because for some of us, planning is all we have. It’s the only way to keep the anxiety down and to keep us moving forward. It’s the little bit of light at the end of the tunnel.
When life doesn’t go according to plan, it’s not the end of the world.
We need to make plans, but we also need to keep an open mind. In order to survive, we have to roll with the punches. Take the left turns that come out of nowhere. Keep running towards the light at the end of the tunnel – even if it keeps getting further and further away.
We can’t plan life. We can’t make sure every detail is going to work out the way we want. All we can do is control the way we face it. Confronting it with an open and positive attitude. Laughing it off when it goes awry and finding a solution light heartedly.
Stop making things so heavy, stop using these plans as a crutch. A crutch that will inevitably fall out beneath you. Duck, dodge, roll, and push forward. Because when life doesn’t go according to plan, there’s probably something even better waiting for you.