by SAVANNAH RHEINHART, Editor-in-Chief
We all have plans. Plans to have a family or travel the world, or just to try and watch more CSPAN and less E! News. Despite what any of us might say, we all have plans and have at least some idea on how we are going to achieve them. So what happens when things don’t go according to the plan?
If you’re anything like me, you have your life planned for the next eighty or so years, assuming I don’t get into a street brawl at the movie theater before then. I plan what I’m going to wear tomorrow, when I’m going to get my eyebrows waxed, and how I’ll be living in Central America before I’m thirty. Many people write in journals. I, on the other hand, make to-do lists to fulfill my plans. I can’t help it. My type A personality has turned into type AAA in the past few years, and I’ve just embraced it.
There’s nothing wrong with being organized and planning ahead. The trouble comes in when things don’t go according to plan. When your outfit is dirty, the salon is closed, or the embargo with Cuba isn’t lifted. Then what?
Personally, I do not handle a change in plans well. If it’s written down, I expect it to happen. And if it doesn’t? It feels like failure. Even when things don’t work out against all efforts, it can seem like you’ve failed. For example, if I am late to a meeting because I was stuck by a train, that’s a failure to me. Why didn’t I leave earlier? I should’ve anticipated this and taken another route. A thousand different solutions pop into my head, criticizing myself for not thinking of them sooner. This is probably not the healthiest way to deal with road blocks in life. When Leslie Knope was recalled, she just became even cooler and stronger than ever, so why shouldn’t I?
There will be times when things just don’t happen the way we hope. It’s a part of life, as is failure. Without failure, we can’t learn and grow. The thought of failing at anything can be terrifying, and for good reason. A good person won’t judge you on your failures, but on how you handle yourself after the fact. Robert Downey Jr. was a drug addicted, career-ruining rascal who broke into someone’s house and fell asleep on their bed. But, he went to rehab, admitted his faults, and now he’s literally a superhero. If that isn’t turning your faults into success, I don’t know what is. (I mean, honestly. He gets to see both Chris’s shirtless and fighting crime. What more could you ask for?)
Life throws a lot of curveballs because, well, life is kind of a bitch. But as a self-proclaimed bitch, I can say the best way to deal with us is straight on. Be confident, own up to it, and you’ll get what you want out of life. Or at least become a superhero.