I have always been the girl with a plan. I like knowing where I’m going and I can better navigate my mental health when I’m in control of the parameters and expectations. That said, so much about my life has changed these last few years that I’ve had to adapt my strategy.
Instead of making long term plans, I’m now thinking in terms of months. I had to stop projecting past a year because everything about my life is so susceptible to change. Dozens of opportunities I didn’t even know about have crossed my path, myriads of possibilities I never saw coming, and I don’t expect that to stop. So there’s really no point in coming up with a grand scheme if something wonderful and unexpected could present itself at any moment. I can’t ignore a good opportunity just to stick to a plan.
My new strategy has been to juggle multiple things at once. As I have taken to saying, instead of putting all my eggs in one basket, I’m putting eggs in all the baskets. I’m spreading out my expectations so I’m never too invested in one thing at a time. I’m putting my best foot forward in every sense so I’m maximizing my ability to succeed.
I’m juggling a performance review and a promotion opportunity at work right now, while at the same time I’m also pursuing my Dream Job. I like my current job and I want to put my best self forward everyday because I genuinely believe in the work we do. But when the opportunity to apply for my Dream Job came up, I couldn’t say no. So I put eggs in both baskets.
I’m also flipping back and forth between moving or putting down roots in Washington, D.C. I like it here. I have friends, I’m close enough to my family, and I finally found some decent pizza. I could be very happy with any life that grows here. But I can’t deny that I’m intrigued by the idea of a fresh start while I’m still young enough to do it solo, when it’s still my choice where and when I go. And so I’ve kept an open mind and tossed an egg in both of those baskets, too.
When I was in high school, the idea of being twenty-five seemed so foreign. And I had all these ideas about who I would be or what I would have experienced. I’m twenty-six now, into the “later” half of my twenties, but I never could have imagined the paths my life has taken or all the new ones that would open up for me. My one basket strategy got me this far, but for the next little while at least the multi-basket method is my best bet. At least until things settle down a little more.