Why I’m no Planner

If you’re anything like me, you hate planning. You’re not good at it. None of your feeble attempts at planning ever worked, and you’re hanging in the brink of giving up.

Sounds familiar? You’re a lot like me.

Whatever I do, I do. Just dive headfirst into it. Yes, I’ve got hurt a lot of times, but I’ve learnt a lot too. But somehow, I never learnt to plan ahead, and it’s not something I plan on doing.

diving headfirst

And by planning, I don’t mean the big stuff. I do that. It’s planning the small, everyday stuff, that puts me off.

Why should we plan anyway? If it’s a trip, I pack my bag the previous night, or rather, I hastily stuff my bag with the necessities before my father sees my packing and planning. Thing is, my father is a huge planner. He needs to know where we’re going, how we’re getting there, and what exactly we’re going to do when we get there.

Sometimes, it’s acceptable. But mostly, I just get annoyed.

Where’s the fun? Oh yes, at the park at 4.00pm, as planned.

I’m definitely not that person. I mean, we can always figure it out on the way, right?

I walk out of the office and onto the street before I check whether I have money for public transport. If I do I take the share auto, otherwise I just walk. It’s that simple. It’s the same with my meals. I don’t care what I eat, until I have to eat. I don’t care about what I’m going to wear to that wedding I might be attending in 3 months’ time. But no, when I told my mother that I might go, she started worrying about what I’d wear. It doesn’t matter. At least not for now.

There’s a kind of unknown beauty in uncertainty. I like embracing it. Not just for the reasons Lifehack expert Kayla says, but also because there’s no point in thinking we’ve got it all covered. Because truth is, we haven’t, and never will.

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6 thoughts on “Why I’m no Planner

  1. In my opinion, having the no planner, hard headed, and experimentalist individuals in the basket, for the kind of social species that we are, is a must for survival; but the survival of the whole not the individual itself necessarily.

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    • Right, you are.
      I’ve never before associated spontaneity with survival instinct, but it’s an interesting thought. Being spontaneous makes an individual more agile, and the society as well. And it makes life easier too.
      Thanks for your insight, Asad.
      Cheers.

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      • I’m in no place to agree or disagree with the claim “it makes life easier” so it’s as personal as possible. It’s a fact that despite all the similarities the “variations” of species share, it’s their differences (or completeness as a whole) that roles the dice in the big picture. I emphasize on this point: the properties and features of a being will exist until the environment decides otherwise. In other words: beauty resides in differences.

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  2. I loved this post. I’m a terrible planner myself, like you said, every time I do plan something, life gets in the way. Plus, I’m always running late. I’ve tried a million ways to end that curse, but the truth is I’ve been late since childhood and I’m afraid it’s simply in my DNA.

    Your blog caught my eye right away when scrolling through my reader, and it’s one of the few that I liked immediately. For that, I’ve nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award. I hope you accept, you can find the details here:

    http://nothingfiguredout.com/2014/07/22/my-blog-was-awarded-one-lovely-blog-award/

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