The Art of Not Planning

I may have been inspired by the Buddhist quote I stumbled upon last December, yet there are days when I couldn’t fully let go of all the worries involving my ambitious / huge plan to travel to China and Laos for a month this year. Then right after the New Year, I came across the website of Nomadic Matt. In one of his articles, he wrote:

Traveling is about opening yourself up to change and letting life take you where you want to go. In the end, you throw the plan away anyway, so why even bother getting caught up in one? Have a rough idea of what you want to do, and just fill in the details along the way.

After reading that, I remembered my plan in 2010. I initially wanted to go to Laos from Vietnam. But due to time constraints, I had to change my plan and travel to Sa Pa instead. That trip was life-altering for me despite not being my “main” plan. Now I ask myself, was that trip really meant for me to take? What if I did travel to Laos? Would I still be where I am right now– saving up for this big journey? I couldn’t answer these questions but I am happy that I didn’t worry too much about that Sa Pa journey. I did research, I did plan my budget, but I didn’t think about it everyday. In fact, a month before the actual trip, I had ZERO pocket money. But the stars aligned and I was able to pocket $400 thanks to my job and generous donations from my loved ones.

China and Laos is still the target for 2012. But if I plan too much, things may not fall into place. Lesson learned is, take it a day a time.

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

**Featured image taken from Google

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