I’ve been thinking recently about how you don’t necessarily need a perfect life plan, you just need enough of a plan for you.
We just did our subject selections for years 11 and 12 and it sometimes feels like there’s this increasing pressure to have everything figured out. Not only all the stuff we have going on now as young adults, but also our futures. We’re supposed to know what career we want, where we want to live, our goals and desires. We need 5 year plans, 10 year plans, 15 year plans. Our goals need to be S.M.A.R.T. and we need to be hustling towards those goals at all times.
I’ve tried for quite a while to figure things out but when it comes down to it, a really loose vision works for me. At this particular moment I don’t have many goals I’m working really hard towards – although I’m still trying to contribute to the family, do well in school and get outside sometimes (a real struggle when my phone is just so entertaining and right there).
I’m just trying to be present. Working hard for the things I want but also making sure I maintain a peace of mind. I’ve put up a vision board full of pictures that fill me with joy and represent what I’d like my life to look like. Looking at these images gives me a sense of direction – if I’m bored it shows me something I could be doing, if I’m procrastinating it reminds me of my goals, if I’m conflicted about two things it makes it clear what I should be prioritizing.
I’m slowly making a shift from “lose 5 kilos” to “spend more time walking the local trails”. “Achieve straight A’s” to “start assignments earlier so I’m not stressed”. Your goals and visions don’t need to line up with anyone else’s, and it’s so so so okay not to have it all figured out yet. Your “life plan” only has to put a sparkle in your eye and remind you of the things important to you, the values you want to uphold and lifestyle you want to live.