Anyone who knows me knows that I am a BIG fan of planning. My planner is pretty much my best friend and I have multiple to-do lists going at any given moment. When I was in high school I was always planning ahead for college and now that I’m in college I find myself always planning ahead for the next year or my career or my future in general. I will never not believe in planning, but it got to the point where I realized I was missing out on my present. I realized that I needed to make a mindful effort to enjoy what my life is currently, to find happiness in the little things and recognize that it’s okay to take a break sometimes and just be.
I’ll admit, I’m still not great at it. My friends find it hilarious that I literally have to check my calendar before I can make plans to hangout. I send my parents my schedule so they know if I’ll have time to “pencil them in” for a call as my dad likes to say. I’m busy and productive and I enjoy that feeling. But there are so many other moments that I know I’ll remember more than any meeting or event. I’ll remember laughing with my friends till it hurts, sitting in the front yard playing with the neighbor’s cat and driving around town singing at the top of our lungs.
I still get annoyed when people tell me to “just relax.” I still have to check my calendar before committing to anything and I still plan for the future just about daily. But I’ve learned that it’s so important to find a balance and enjoy life for the little things it has to offer everyday. If you’re struggling with this, my advice is to try and take a step back. Make a conscious effort everyday to reflect on what you did and the memories you made. Remember what life is really all about.