No Plans

I remember the moment I realized I didn’t know what I was going to do with my life, and the feeling of simultaneous fear and freedom. I had my whole life planned out. Then I moved away from home, and from everything I knew or that was comfortable. Of course I always have an idea about what I’d like to happen, it’s just that, it usually doesn’t happen. Like ever. Flexibility is something I’ve acquired through moving and traveling, and it’s saved me time and time again.

One of my favorite things to do is show up in a new city (preferably outside the US) and just explore. I think having the whole trip planned out creates unnecessary feeling of always having to do something, when I don’t really even know what I’m doing. I’d much rather just let things happen and stumble across hidden gems. Sometimes when I’m so focused on doing one thing, I miss everything else around me.

I mean, of course I plan a little. Like I pre-scope it out and have a place to sleep wherever I go. Sometimes it works out, sometimes it doesn’t. Like when I went to Rio, I found this cute airbnb in Lapa, but once I got there, I fell in love with Ipanema. So I moved there towards the end and all was alright! When things don’t work out the way I want, something else materializes. It’s just so appropriate an analogy for life.

I’m much happier when I can enjoy the moment and just let things happen. Sure I have goals and ideals, but I’ve also let go of many things I’ve wanted, some of which did materialize and didn’t actually make me happy. I’ve learned to be flexible and take life as it comes, rather than to try and control things and be disappointed when it doesn’t go my way. So, let go and enjoy the natural flow of life!!

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