You Can’t Always Plan Life

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Merry Christmas, and happy holidays!

I am a huge fan of Christmas. It has been and will always be my favorite holiday. I’ll admit I’m not feeling as “holly jolly” as I’d like to be this year, but life happens sometimes and changes your plans.

I’m also a huge planner. Throughout high school and college, I made several attempts to plan out my days hour by hour. 6AM: wake up and get dressed. 7AM: eat breakfast. 8AM: start homework. …and so on, and so forth. I tried my best to make each day go according to plan, but there’s always something that gets in the way.

I planned to be exceptionally jolly for Christmas this year because I just graduated college and I don’t have a job just yet, so I was supposed to have nothing but Christmas cheer to worry about. I also planned to get a head start on my blog and write every day to get some writing-related blog posts finished because that’s what I’d like this blog to be.

These things are not happening, of course. I don’t wish to go into detail, but I did want to take a moment to say that sometimes (or most of the time, maybe) things don’t go according to plan. You can have your beautiful planner laid out neatly, but eventually, you’ll find yourself throwing out a few pages because you had to change plans so often.

It’s easy to fall apart when everything else seems to be doing that, too. It’s even easier to fall into a “why even bother at this point?” mindset when you always try but fail to achieve the goals you had set for yourself. Something I’ve learned, though, is that failure is okay. I’m hard on myself, especially when it comes to achieving goals, so I often have to sit back and realize that life isn’t meant to work out perfectly. Throwing out the calendar and going with the flow is necessary at times. Personally, going with the flow for a few days rejuvenates me and helps me get back to my usual goal-setting self.

So that’s my Plan B this week: stop worrying about what I wanted to do and focus on what I am doing. Maybe I can’t give Christmas 100% this year, but I can give whatever I can manage. Maybe I’m still not posting formal-ish blog posts that revolve around writing just yet, but hey, I wrote this. I haven’t written all week, so this is great.

Whatever this week may bring you, just roll with it. Since Christmas is only two days away, many people will be fretting over food being burned, the family getting (or not getting) along, last minute flights, and the list goes on. It’s easy to stress, but situations are only stressful if you allow it to be. Well, that’s what I tell myself. Let me know if this philosophy ever works for you because I’m still not convinced it’s true!

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