What’s the Plan?

I’ve been sick with a bad cold all week. I actually had to cancel a class (I teach nursing students) due to illness for the first time in 20 years. I can’t say the students were disappointed. It’s a 3-hour class. For the first two days of illness I was so sick all I could do is whine and binge watch “Parenthood.” It’s about parenthood. I was struck by how much consultation and planning went on between parents. Honestly, while I was married it was rare that we made specific plans. We made goals. The ones we wrote down are the ones we reached. But, planning to have kids, and how many, and how far apart? Didn’t happen. We just let life happen.  On Parenthood they made a big deal about deciding to have another child. They talked to each other for a long time. They talked to their extended family about it.  Really? People do that? We just had the kids. When I went to nursing school, I really had no plans for when I got out. I would just be a nurse, whatever that meant. Then I got the idea that I liked to teach, so I went back for my Master’s Degree. Then I decided that since time would go by anyway, I might as well have a PhD at the end of it. So I got my PhD. Plans? Nah! I have just let life move on and see what happens. I’ve had a great life, but I gotta say I wish I had been more intentional and deliberate about things. Then perhaps I could say, “Oh wow! Look what I did” instead of saying, “Oh wow! Look what happened!” I doubt that I will change the way I approach things, because let’s face it, things have worked out well for me. But I do admire you planners out there. Very inspiring.

2 thoughts on “What’s the Plan?

  1. Hi Glenda,
    You have come up in my thought several times in the last few months and again this past weekend. So I am glad I decided to check into your blog and see what you are up to.
    First, I want to say that with the life experience and wisdom you have gathered from living your life as you have has definitely created a positive influence on many people, probably some you don’t even know.
    I am one of those people. Your openness sharing from your heart with grace and humor has been a source of strength and courage for me as I do my work in the wellness arena. So thank you.

    • Oh Sue thank you so much for sharing your thoughts. It was perfect timing and I needed to hear this right now. It’s great to lift each other up. Thanks so so much.
      Happy Halloween,
      Glenda

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