Ditch The "Life Plan"

Ditch The "Life Plan"

There's no excitement when you know exactly how the rest of your life will look.


It's 2017. Could any of us imagine being where we are right now when we were in kindergarten? Middle school? Even high school? I can tell you for a fact I had no idea I'd end up where I am right now, studying what I am right now, working where I am right now, even being friends with the friends I have right now.

When we were younger, we all were asked, "What do you want to do when you grow up?" Most of us had similar answers such as "I want to be a teacher," "I want to be a doctor," or "I want to be a fireman." I had a certain image painted in my head of what my life would look like when I was really young. It went something like this....

I would go to high school, be the valedictorian of my class, go to Harvard, study law, graduate top of my class, meet the love of my life, get married, have four kids, grow old, and never die. That was my kindergarten plan (kindergarten me was very into "Legally Blonde" I guess.)

My big plan for life has changed quite a few times. In elementary school, I decided I'd be a teacher. In middle school, I wanted to work with special needs kids. In high school, after watching all 8 seasons (at the time) of Grey's Anatomy, I KNEW my calling was to be a doctor. Now, being a junior in college, my plan is journalism.

We all can't help but wonder, "Where is this going to take me?" I've been wondering that since the first day I set foot on a college campus. We worked really hard in high school to make great grades. We are super involved with philanthropy work and extracurriculars. We studied our asses off so we could get a great SAT or ACT score. All of this just so we could get into college.

Now that I'm at college, I'm doing the exact same thing (minus the ACT and SAT THANK GOD) all to get a job once I graduate.

That's exactly why I ditched my "life plan" or really plans.

I look at the big picture, sometimes it can be encouraging and other times not so much. I've learned that it's good to keep an open mind and not have yourself set on one thing (the life plan). Shit happens. You can't blame yourself for things that are out of your control.

So. Ditch the "life plan." Instead, set a goal and look at the big picture, because when you take life one step at a time, you never know where you might end up. And isn't that what life is all about?

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