So you might notice that this is not going up on a Friday as I usually post on Mondays and Fridays. I had this blog post idea this past week but ironically things did not go according to plan leading me to hit publish on a Saturday. As you know Sean and I moved into our place… well we started to. We thought we could completely move in one night after work. That did not happen and it turned into a multiple day thing, even now we still aren’t completely moved in. I found this past week continuously things did not go according to plan.
Why do we make plans? We make plans to prepare for things in the upcoming future with hopes that a plan will help things run smoothly or that a plan will help us achieve our dreams. Probably one of the most frustrating things ever, especially if you are a total Monica from “Friends” like I am, is when things do not go according to plan. I find this is especially the case when others are involved in said plan, but whatcha gonna do? It’s part of life and happens often but it’s still so frustrating. I’m just glad I can think of ideas/solutions quickly.
Back to the whole moving thing, it took six attempts to get our internet and cable set up. It wasn’t until yesterday morning (so day five of moving) that we finally got the internet and cable up and running. So ultimately that was frustrating but that eliminated distractions so we could focus on assembling furniture like our couch from IKEA and my painting table. I guess what I learned from this is no matter what, moving takes a long time, even if you are moving within five minutes from where you were previously living. Next time I will take a day off work to move if I have to move during the week.
With all these combined stresses and exhaustion, I decided to turn to painting and reflection. I hadn’t completely moved over all of my painting supplies yet and just got my desk set up. This gave me the opportunity to finally experiment with my watercolor markers.
What I’ve learned from all of this is that sometimes, when plans fall through, they can make you aware of things you might have never considered. This could be something amazing or something crucial. Regardless, plans falling through has the potential for revision, improvement, and growth.
I think the key to not pulling your hair out when plans fall flat is really knowing yourself. By that I mean knowing what is going to keep you from freaking out into a stressed out/angry spiral. For me that’s painting, but the key is finding the time during these situations. That’s the real challenge because stressing out and trying to figure out a new plan could take time if you dwell on it, then you find yourself with no extra free time. Like me this week… but I mean one positive aspect is that I did find time to paint among the madness. It’s in these moments of frustration and stress when our passions and hobbies really have the ability to heal. They help you hit the refresh button so you can approach the broken plan with a clear mind in order to come up with a new and improved plan/solution.
To conclude, when things don’t go according to plan they make me want to pull my hair out, but I have to remember it’s not the end of the world. Just everything can’t always be in my control or on my time frame. At the end of the week Sean and I are now living in our first place, most of our things are there but it won’t take long to get everything over there especially since my parents live five minutes from us, and finally we have the internet/cable up and running. Now all we need to do is to continue furnishing and finding a place for our things, which we knew would be a bit of a process. It’s a new week, meaning new to-do lists and new priorities. It’s a fresh start for us to make new plans and follow through.