Things Don’t Always go to Plan and That’s OK

“PIVOT!”

“PIVOT!”

“PIVOT!”

If you are a fan or have ever watched the US sitcom, Friends, you are no doubt recalling the hilarious scene where Ross, Chandler and Rachel attempt to carry a large sofa up a tight stairwell.

As with many things in life, things do not go to plan and despite Ross’s instructions, they don’t quite complete the task.

Ross’s goal for that day was no doubt to get a new sofa. Part of achieving that goal was the task of getting the sofa to his apartment. He had not accounted for the fact the sofa would not easily fit around the tight angles of the stairwell, which resulted in his famous pivot, pivot pivot intervention!

Things Don’t Always go to Plan

It’s a comedic moment that can offer us a valuable life lesson. In life, things rarely go to plan. We come across many unforeseen obstacles to be negotiated. True, some of these can be accounted for with careful planning but there’s only so much you can plan for. Overthinking or worrying about what might go wrong is not much use either, as Baz Luhrmann advises in Suncreen:

Don’t worry about the future; or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing Bubblegum.

The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind; the kind that blindside you at 4 PM on some idle Tuesday

Address the Setback or Embrace the Opportunity

You can only address what’s in front of you at that moment. It may be a setback, but it could also be an opportunity. For instance, I’m 3 days behind on my atomic essays due to unforeseen events this past weekend. It’s a setback for sure and frustrating — which is a valid emotion to have — but nothing more and that’s OK. I’ve got time to catch up and ideas to share. It’s how you react that’s important.

So when things don’t go to plan, take a step back, review your options, reprioritise and go again.

Pivot.

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