Until quite recently I would not have described myself as a planner. I rarely made plans for the future and I never made resolutions. I always felt it more important to go with the flow, the flow of my life, of events around me and how I felt each day, month, week and year.
My partner is a planner, so we worked well this way really, I would say!
However, in the past year I have realised that I do often make plans, but I call them goals. And for a long time I kept these goals hidden or quiet. For fear I guess of not achieving them. Or of hyping them up with a fear of disappointment.
Also, there is a risk when you ‘go with the flow’ that you always do things based on everyone around you, rather than what you want yourself. It can also be frustrating for those around you if it appears like apathy!
I am entering 2015 with many plans, goals and dreams and ways of attaining them. At home we have made great plans for our home, travel and social life. In my Art business I have plans and dreams and huge excitement. I’m no longer afraid of these things or these terms. It doesn’t matter if plans change or we don’t quite achieve what we set out for. What is amazing is the journey, the fun in planning and doing, the collaboration and inspiration that comes from talking about dreams and aspirations. We can still ‘go with the flow’ alongside this, but we are creating that flow ourselves, or at least the direction of it!
I will leave you today with some lyrics from a song I love and it fits with me for this year and how I like to live my life.
Happy Wondering, Susan xxxx
‘Keep on the Sunny Side’, 1899 by Ada Blenkhorn (1858–1927)
There’s a dark & a troubled side of life
There’s a bright, there’s a sunny side, too
Tho’ we meet with the darkness and strife
The sunny side we also may view
Keep on the sunny side, always on the sunny side,
Keep on the sunny side of life
It will help us ev’ry day, it will brighten all the way
If we’ll keep on the sunny side of life