Plan it or Wing it?

I am pretty sure I walked out of the womb planning my life…no joke.  I have always needed a plan A, B, and then for good measure, plan C, just in case. Maybe it was the circumstances that surrounded my childhood, or my marriage, that have made me want insurance upon assurance that at least SOMETHING I wanted and planned for my life, went the way I wanted.  So presenting this humungous task of an adventure that I have chosen of my own vilitia, I am left every day with wanting to plan every minute, every second, and some days I throw my handsup in the air and just shout expletives until I feel better.

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Oh, let me tell you, it is one thing to think big thoughts and have big dreams, and then a whole other thing to put then your foot to pavement. To put it in action after your big words, you find yourself held accountable to it, although I kind of like that because it PUSHES me to do it better and to do it more. Weird right? If we are not to care what others think, then why should accountability matter when it comes to our dreams?  It is MY dream, not someone else’s, so why should I care if they think I followed through or not? BECAUSE EXAMPLE MATTERS.  I would like to think that when I am about to do something and announce it to the World, or my corner of it, that I am inspiring someone to do the same. I aspire to inspire, and that it something we ALL should want in our lives. 

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So I sit here with filled notebooks, lots of research materials, and usually a headache because the “where” on starting the planning is usually the toughest. As of right now, I have 48 States to plan out, the last two being some time next year towards the end. OH and a note to those who have sent me things to see and do – A HUGE THANK YOU!!!! That’s EXACTLY what I am looking for!!! I want to hear from the locals because you know all the fun stuff that they sometimes don’t show in the brochures or online.  I have saved EVERY LAST WORD you have sent me, and like a student cramming for an exam, I have been trying to spend Saturdays in some Café or Panera with my laptop, phone, and notebooks, planning, writing, and taking notes for my mission.

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Now, the “whatever” voice in my head, and she can be a pill sometimes and VERY loud, says “ F IT” just go with the flow. HAH, says my common sense voice, because usually the planner in me wins. Now, that’s not to say I won’t come across an experience on my travels and avoid it because it’s not on my “Danny Tanner Schedule”- (if you don’t get that reference, I’m sorry, we can’t be friends LOL) it just means I’d like to know my steps before I walk out every morning.

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And yet the unexpected is my favorite part of any journey….the “I didn’t see that coming.”  Like showing up to the “Field of Dreams” and a ghost player from the movie was there, or finding out that I could go and sit on “Plum Creek” in MN where Laura Ingalls Wilder played and lived. I would head to one thing planned, like Walt’s home in Marceline, MO and on the way come across Mark Twain’s home, where he wrote “Tom Sawyer” and met his childhood sweetheart, Becky.  Did you know that Twain and Walt Disney lived 30 miles apart? Albeit different eras. On top of that, Molly Brown from “Titanic” also had a home in Twain’s city. Crazy right?

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So what would you do? Do you plan every detail or do you just pack up your car or luggage and just go? And let’s be serious, with the times we live in now and still dealing with a Pandemic, and I’m sure still be dealing with it at some level by the time I leave, I have to know what’s open and what’s not.  So many rest stops last summer were closed, and you don’t know how defeating that is when your bladder is at max capacity. I will probably plan a lot, but I hope to find my inner hippie and just “go with it” and let the wind take me where it may. Let’s find out, shall we?

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