So What Are My Plans?


My dad asked me a question today: now that you’re old (yes, I celebrated another year of not being dead today), what are your plans? I thought it might make a good blog post. But then I realized, I don’t really know what my plans are. Oh sure, I have some vague ideas about what I’d like, but plans?

I certainly have some short term plans. They involve lots of stuff related to packing and moving into a new house. Getting the house all set up so we can live and I can work. But what are the long term plans? I don’t really have any.

Planning is one of my weak points, namely I don’t do it before I have to. It’s the reason why I frequently end up taking the kids to the same places on the weekends. I don’t think about it a day or two before. I’m lucky if I think about it the night before, but it’s usually that morning when I start thinking WTF am I going to take the children today?

I think what it is for me is that once I have my mind set on doing something, I do it. This is handy when it’s something entirely within my control, say eating nothing and drinking nothing but lemonade for 10 days, or writing a couple of books. When I don’t do it, usually because of something outside my control prevents me from doing it, I don’t handle it well.At all.

The fact of the matter is, most plans of any sort are going to involve things outside of my control. As such, I have a hard time getting to the point of making plans because it’s difficult for me to think about planning when I see all these variables that I have no control over or can’t reasonably constrain. So I don’t plan, or I plan (purposefully) vaguely.

The “good” thing about planning this way is that things go sideways, I can get over it much quicker. Why? Because I didn’t have a plan. Furthermore, I don’t feel constrained by my “plan” if something different comes along. I can roll with the punches a lot easier.

So to answer dad’s question, I have no plans. Other than to try and stay employed so I can support my family.


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