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<h1>What happens when we ignore plans?</h1>
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I took my 7-year-old to London today.
I made two plans: if it rains, we go to a museum, if not, we go to the zoo.
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But when the train arrived in London, he said he didn’t really want to do either one.
So we just walked with no plans.
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We immediately ran across some random building with a big art installation on its side.
There was nobody around.
We played there for a long time.
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At each intersection, we just went whichever way looked most interesting.
He lept around park benches, tickling some kids from Croatia.
He found a huge cardboard box in the trash, and kept it around him like a turtle shell, as we walked through the city.
He found a discarded paint brush and twirled it around his fingers for the rest of the day.
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We were in front of the theater with the musical “<a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wicked_(musical)">Wicked</a>”, just as they were about to begin.
We bought last-minute tickets, 8th row center, and watched the show.
He held hands with a girl sitting next to him.
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I’m so glad we didn’t follow any plans today.
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We make plans to make the most of our time — but thinking again about that idea, that doesn’t make sense, does it?
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Unless we’re actually shut out of great things for lack of planning, <strong>following no plans is the ideal way to make the best of each moment.</strong>
Every moment provides new information, which changes the situation.
Then we can act on what we know now, instead of what we previously predicted.
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I don’t regret having plans, because sometimes following the plan is the best choice.
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So I guess the lesson is to <strong>make plans, but feel free to ignore them</strong> — to see them as an option, not a requirement.
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After eight hours of walking, we took a night train home.
Tucking him into bed, I asked what was his favorite part.
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“The cardboard box.”
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