My color-coded planner always tells me exactly where to be and when. I always know what comes next, and if I don't I've at least mapped out my options first.
However, I have recently found that the best decisions as spontaneous ones.
On Saint Patrick's Day this year, I was sitting in my dorm room when I received a text in a group chat from one of my best friend's Caitlin asking if we wanted to go to Ireland. She had found cheap plane tickets, and while she actually wanted to go, she didn't wholly intend for this to be a serious plan, for she had expected us to say "no."
Normally, there would've been no way I would have said yes. However, I have been to Ireland before and it's one of my favorite places, so I was willing to do anything to go back.
So, despite my better judgment, I responded, "Honestly... Yeah."
My other friends responded affirmatively as well, and what had started as an only slightly serious want to travel quickly turned into a fully-fledged international trip in only two month's time.
In less than 12 hours our flights and accommodations were booked.
This is my first time taking a trip without the guidance of parents or a school group. It's also definitely the first time I've ever decided to go on a trip without months and months of preparation.
It's freeing not knowing exactly what we'll be doing at every single moment. I've had to resist the urge to plan everything out down to the minute. However, by not planning out every single little thing there'll be more time to explore and discover.
I'm still definitely a planner, and I'm sure we'll still plan some of the duration of our week, but I'm enjoying being a little spontaneous too.
Some of the best plans, such as going to Ireland with your best friends, arise spontaneously.