Everyone thinks they have a plan.
I’m going to work in this field, have this type of social life, make this much money, live in this neighborhood and have this type of life.
That’s a great plan, as long as you firmly understand and accept that it’s probably not going to work out that way.
And that’s not pessimistic of me to say. It’s realistic. And these unpredictable shifts in the way we expect our life to go are much more common than people care to admit.
Because the only sure thing about your plan, is that it is going to change.
Sometimes the changes are easy to accept. You move past them with a shrug of your shoulders and say, “ya know what? that’s okay.”
Other times the changes just knock you down. Perhaps it’s because you were so confident that something would fit like a piece into your puzzle that you forgot to remember that there’s a chance it may not work out.
And when that happens, you have to do your best to adapt. Allow yourself to completely feel the initial emotion that comes over you: whether it be disappointment, anger, sadness or anything in-between. Sulk if you have to, eat some ice cream, do what makes you feel better. But don’t let that negative emotion linger. You must remember to keep hustling and keep busting your ass for what it is that you want.
Because if you’re going to let an unexpected glitch in your plan knock you down, you better be damn sure that you get back up.
Fall down seven times, stand up eight.
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ah the lessons of adulthood. I was always making “plan lists” in college. Little did I know life is life and you have to roll with it. Sometimes that’s what makes it all worth it.
It’s hard to see how the changes will add up later on, but I’ve long learned to let go of having a “plan”
Absolutely love this line: Because the only sure thing about your plan, is that it is going to change.
Thanks, Em! It’s something I’ve found to be true these past few years. Not easy to accept, but definitely worth recognizing.