Last week, my fiancé and I drove into San Francisco to enjoy a fireworks display in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge. We drove around for nearly an hour looking for a parking spot. It was infuriating, and we only saw the last five minutes of the display.
On our way back to the car, however, we stopped into a bar, where we found ourselves enjoying the night out, despite our earlier frustrations. The experience reminded me of the importance of coping with uncertainty. In the past, I often planned my days meticulously – almost down to the minute. I left no room for spontaneity, and I would feel stressed if my day did not go as planned.
In recent years, however, it has become easier for me to be a bit more flexible. And that has allowed me to be open to experiences and possibilities that I would never have been exposed to if I had been trying to stick to a rigid schedule. Making plans is valuable. Having a schedule allows us to work efficiently and manage our time. But acknowledging that there will always be some degree of uncertainty in life, even when we make careful plans, allows us to keep our minds open to unforeseen opportunities.