Life is all about plan B. It is a concept I have been pondering for a few months now. I’ve always been a planner and it is very hard for me to not have a plan. Or make a list. My nature is to plan out my life in great detail. But what happens when Plan “A” doesn’t work out so well? What next? …
Life is all about plan B. That’s not an easy one for a Type “A” personality like myself. I’ve always had a vision of what my life would look like. It followed a logical order. Grow up, finish school, get a job, get married, have kids, watch kids grow up and succeed, work some more, do something important, make a difference, enjoy life, etc… This life path never involved a plan “B” nor did it include monkey wrenches! Ironically, I’ve been at the plan “B” stage of life more times than not. When a crisis occurs I always think “this was definitely not part of the plan”! I never say “that’s OK, I have a fallback plan”.
The situations that propelled me into considering another scenario were always blessings in disguise. I’ve never regretted having to exercise plan “B”. In that space I can take a break, be quiet and recover. It’s a chance to review the big picture. If I’m mad I get to say “kiss my Butt” or “Bugger off” or “this won’t beat me” or “I’m better than that” just because I need to. If I’m sad it’s OK to be still for a little while and breathe. It’s a safe place to regroup. Plan “B” is where you’ve earned the right to shout “I’ve overcome this battle and I am brave and I can’t be broken”. Bravo!
With any kind of change this transformational stage offers another chance of a lifetime to become a better you. Iyanla Vanzant says that “life gives you an endless supply of do-overs. And you don’t have to get an “A” to pass the class”. I’m happy for the do-overs and I will take that “B”. It offers enormous potential for a brand-new life that is bold, brazen, boisterous, bodacious, believable, bountiful and beautiful.
No amount of planning can prepare us for a future that is a mystery. For now I will enjoy the day and have a ball. Now that’s a plan this Pollyanna can live with.