Why You Need to Give Up Your 5 Year Plan


Before you totally think I'm crazy for saying this, hear me out. Ditch your five year plan. Yes, I can assure you that I'm not crazy! More than anyone, I've subscribed to a very strict set of life rules.

I went to college for a degree in Health Sciences and thought I would become a chiropractor. After graduating from school, I decided to take a year off and became a nanny in London. One year turned into more than one year - the furthest from what I had in mind.

I didn't plan to have this life changing experience; it happened because I let life hit me. After I returned from Europe, I planned on going back to school for my Master's Degree in Nutrition. I struggled with various personal and financial issues and couldn't attend right away. I worked at a local gym and basically ended up having my quarter-life crisis!

I constantly experienced self-doubt: Why had I not followed my plans? Could things have been better for me if I did? I felt like a failure, except no one was accusing me of that but myself. I was the one pointing a finger at myself because I didn't do what I thought I was going to do with my life. I've always had a desire to travel and see the world. Due to working my random gym job, I was able to meet the right people to connect me to my dream job.

On a whim, I crumbled to the peer pressure of some great flight crew parents I met through my gym job! ;) I took the leap and applied for flight attendant positions. I knew it was one of the biggest life changes I could ever make. This career takes your life and flips it upside down. Seriously. I love what I do, but I never imagined I would have ended up where I am.

I discovered that having such a strict planning mindset through the years kept me from enjoying life in all its spontaneity. This mindset made me feel ashamed when I dared to stray off the path I thought was the one I was "supposed to take". Maybe I'm just not the type of person that can follow a simple plan, but that's okay with me! All everyone wants in this life is to be happy. It's great to have some sort of an idea to keep your motivation alive, but when push comes to shove: let life take the lead and see where you go! Happy journeys!

Do you believe in 5 year plans? What journey are you currently embarking on?



Emma is a part-time contributor at FashionablyFrank.com, bringing her love for travel and exploration. Since graduating from The Evergreen State College (Washington) in 2013 and living in London, England for almost 1.5 years, she is now a flight attendant with a major airline. In her spare time, she enjoys embroidery, travel + breakfast food.