Having a Plan (or Entire Lack Thereof) - Leon Logothetis

January 3, 2017

Having a Plan (or Entire Lack Thereof)

Planning how to live your life or just going with the flow of things and events as each day comes applies to people in different ways. Many of us have probably heard that it is essential for one to know exactly where they are going in life, and therefore make plans to help them move in that direction. We have been taught that in order to achieve what we desire in life, we have to set goals, plan, and act on our plans in order to attain everything we want. But is that really the case?

Do we really have to plan for every step of our life?

I would say no! Life is all about having fun and letting go at times. Both planning for life and allowing things to play out themselves have pros, just as they both have cons. Whichever you prefer to follow along is really up to you. In most cases, your personality will fit into one of the two more naturally. Some people love to intertwine the two and it generally works well for them because they can be able to plan for their life and learn to let go when it comes to it. This is why self-discovery is important in helping you determine where you lie.

For one, planning ahead enables you to have more control over your life. Life is full of uncertainties and things will often change without any prior notice. With a good plan, you are able to figure out what alterations need to be made in order to get you back on track. You are also more likely to be able to bounce back on track whenever things go awry. Plus, you can still have plenty of fun in life if your plan incorporates engaging in fun activities, traveling, giving back to the society and discovering your passions.

However, many people that advocate for a life of letting things flow without necessarily planning for them argue that life is more fun this way. Not planning and going with the flow of things in life allows one to feel more alive. Living life without a plan allows you to get more into reality and the world outside your head. Most people who plan for things in life do so because they have too much going on in their daily lives. And the more they have on their minds, the more they become ignorant of the things happening outside their minds.

Non-planners mostly have simple lives and are therefore able to spend more time reflecting on their surroundings rather than on their own thoughts. They are able to experience adventure in a way that planners can’t often be able to do. For example, a non-planner will just think of popping into a party and having fun till dawn without the worry of what’s going to happen tomorrow. A planner, on the other hand, will have to think of what repercussions the partying will have to them on the next day. Spontaneity can bring you unexpected great lifetime memories and connections that you would never have imagined possible.

However, lack of planning can also bring you bad memories. You may find yourself missing out on important things, having boring days because you decided to do something in the last second and it did not work out well, and being thought of as unreliable because you can’t always be held to your word.

All in all, whichever path you choose to follow, make sure you live the life you were meant to live. A good trick is to do a little of both. Remember, life is all about having fun and doing kind deeds to others.

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