"We plan, God laughs" - watercolor by Courtney Khail
I am pretty sure most people have heard this quote before. (So much so that trying to credit someone was ridiculous because it seems like at some point everyone has said this.
For those who know me- or maybe even those of you that don't know me in real life, but have followed along long enough to recognize this- I'm one who likes to be in control. I calculate, strategize, and balance pros and cons; I'm the one who researchers the hell out of trips so I can actually relax once it begins (luckily, I do have the ability to do that. my anxiety to be in control pretty much drops off about ten minutes into a road trip or as soon as I am at my flight's gate. Not before though. I'm a ball of anxiety in the security line. Pay attention, take out your liquids, and remove your shoes, people. This is not new information. No, they don't care that you just bought that water. You need to drink it or throw it away. #endrant)
To put it simply, I'm a planner. (And people have gotten very comfortable with my role as a planner. Example: when I made the announcement that I was no longer going to grad school for Medical Illustration you would have thought I had announced that the world was in fact flat, the sky was falling, and life as we knew it was over.) But the thing is, life can't exactly be planned out. Or you could plan it all out, but likelihood your plans will fall through and what was meant to be will just be. Jobs, friends, addresses- they can all change. But you just have to roll with the punches and assume that everything will be okay (and how it's supposed to be) in the end.
(And if by chance you think I'm wrong and you want to argue that "things don't happen for a reason," well don't. Or at least don't argue with me. That belief is seriously the only thing that keeps me sane when things don't go according to "my plan." That said, this is coming from someone who just put a rudolph stamp on her water bill because she didn't plan for enough stamps when mailing out Christmas cards last year and had to buy a whole new sheet for the few she had remaining. Good thing I love Christmas. Also, enjoy the Christmas cheer Dekalb County Water Department. And congrats on being joining Instagram- even if you STILL have yet to figure out how to collect automatic payments so I could stop writing checks and mailing them to you in Christmas themed envelopes.)