The Spontaneous Life: 5 Reasons The Best Life Plan Is No Life Plan

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People always talk about how they don’t want to end up working in an office or at a job they hate. The only problem with that statement is few people do anything about it.

Maybe it’s because you’re afraid to take the risk; maybe you need to follow the family occupation, or maybe you’re just lazy.

Regardless of your excuse, it’s time to stop taking the easy way out, throw caution to the wind and go for what you want.

Here are the five reasons why you should wing it through life:

You discover what you’re passionate about

Once you accept the fact that your adventure might not go exactly how the script in your head is written, you’ll be free to explore any field you want.

When you decide to take the road less traveled, you’ll finally be able to chase your dreams, whether or not you know what those are yet.

The funny part about dreams is we’re usually so busy worrying about the bullsh*t of society to figure out what they are.

Winging it will finally give you a reason to explore what you truly want.

There’s less fear of failure

If your family wants you to be a doctor and you go to school for it but you come up short because you aren’t passionate enough about it, it’s natural to feel like you failed.

But, when you wing it, you don’t have an exact blueprint of how you expect your life to go. Any brush-off you may encounter simply means you’re on to your next journey.

However, in order to get comfortable with this lifestyle, you need to accept taking risks and the fear of the unknown. You need to understand that with surprise opportunities also comes surprise rejection.

But, that’s what will make your life so much more interesting. You never know what’s coming next, so it gives you a reason to put yourself out there each and every day.

It prevents you from settling for a job you don’t want

In today’s day and age, people have become overly concerned about finding jobs that make them money.

Sure, it’s necessary, but it shouldn’t determine the rest of your life. If you let the idea of money consume you, that’s exactly how you’ll end up settling for some dead-end job you hate going to.

I began writing simply because I enjoyed it. However, I still couldn’t tell you the ballpark range of how much most writers make. That’s because I really don’t care.

Discovering something that makes you happy every day is much more difficult to find and much more rewarding than settling for any random way to make money.

There are endless options for your future

Potentially, the best part about winging it is never having a planned end to your journey. If you want to work at Lids, go sell some hats.

If you want to start a television show, go harass cable networks with your screenplay. If you want to live in Hawaii, pack your things and say goodbye to the mainland.

There’s no right or wrong answer to your future once you accept the unknown.

You’re now free to move anywhere you’ve wanted to live, try things you’ve wanted to experience and meet people you would’ve never crossed paths with.

It brings excitement back into your life

Sure, accepting the unknown and taking risks aren’t exactly the easiest things in the world. But, take it from me: There’s never a dull moment.

In today’s society, we’ve all become so caught up in plans and schedules that we forget to be spontaneous.

Sometimes, you need to get out there and do something completely random just to see what comes of it. It seems like the best things you find in life are never planned.

In order to properly live this lifestyle, you need to take the leap and get rid of your fallback plan.

That’s because having a plan B will make you lose sight of your plan A. You need to go after what you love without any regard for the “what ifs” because it’s the “ifs” that make us cautious.

The easiest way to start winging it is to stop listening to what everyone else thinks you should be doing with your life and start doing what you want.

Ultimately, the decision is up to you, and if that means you have to take a different path than everyone else, so be it.

The reality of life is you can still fail at a safe job you hate, so you might as well wing it trying to do what you love.

We only get to live this life once, so it’s time to stop taking the safe route and take some chances.

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What Happens When You Leave Your Heart On Your Study Abroad Trip

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A foreign language, unbearably warm weather year round and the aroma of cigarettes everywhere you go is supposed to cause homesickness during the first few weeks of studying abroad.

Europe is everything the United States isn’t, but what if “homesickness” doesn’t hit you until six months later, once you land back stateside?

You’re no longer homesick for your mom’s pasta or the peanut butter you can’t buy overseas. Instead, you’re incredibly nostalgic for every moment you just spent 3,000 miles away from “home.”

Studying abroad is one large vacation filled with minimal time studying English literature, replaced by jet-setting on Ryanair throughout Europe.

It’s the one time in your life you’re allowed to put academics second and social life first so as to become “cultured” and more aware of the world around you for a few months.

From touring the Colosseum in Rome to sailing through the fjord in Norway to dancing until 4 am in a Dublin club, studying abroad only happens once in your life. It’s a six-month vacation where you can’t remember half of the incredible memories you made.

What happens, though, when studying abroad impacts you far beyond your extended vacation? What happens when your experience in Europe clashes with your reality when you are back home and no one seems to understand what you’re going through?

It’s like a reverse culture shock.

Coming back to college should be easy. You’re finally back on campus with your friends, enjoying the holidays with your family and adjusting back to your normal day-to-day activities, which include academics.

Something is holding you back though from enjoying these precious moments, though. You can’t seem to forget what happened to you during the past six months.

You replay the hours upon hours of memories wrapped in your head: dancing after hours at your favorite London club, reading in the Paris bookstore James Joyce used to visit and walking the path to the city center with your flat mates.

Most importantly, you weren’t supposed to fall in love abroad. Whether you fell in love with the Irish boy you kissed at the pub one October evening and Skyped with every day for nearly three years after, or simply fell in love with your host country, it is easy to fall in love while studying abroad.

It’s not something you should be ashamed of; for a brief, sweet moment, it was your reality.

Many people see studying abroad as a “rite of passage” as an undergraduate. It’s an era in life when you’re allowed to do as you please, kiss and not tell, ignore your final paper until the night before and spend weekends in other countries you can’t even pronounce.

There is, however, so much more to studying abroad than drinking and partying.

This is a time to learn more about yourself. Step out of your comfort zone by eating dinner by yourself at a local restaurant, book a weekend getaway without your friends and don’t be afraid to stay in your host country for an extra weekend while your flat mates go to Portugal.

Most importantly, don’t be afraid to fall in love. It may sound clichéd, but if you fall in love with a European, don’t let the distance or opinions of others keep you from following your heart.

No one will fully understand the experience you had while you lived in Ireland, France, England or Spain.

These memories you created with either the one you love or the country you fell in love with will always be yours and yours only to keep.

It’s okay to be sad when you look at pictures years later and shed a tear. It’s not fantasy world. For those four, six, or twelve months, it was your reality. It’s a reality that will always be a part of you.

It’s okay to have a playlist of all your favorite study abroad jams that you rocked out to until the wee hours of the morning, and it’s okay to view the typical college bars you and your besties line up for as boring.

You will have no other time in your life like the time you just had. And, there’s no easy way to cure reverse culture shock. Instead, embrace the time you had across the pond and realize those memories are memories no one can ever take away from you.

Ireland, Spain, England or whatever country you visited will always be there. But, it wont ever be the same, just as you won’t be the same upon returning from studying abroad.

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