Early Career, Mentoring, Personal, Professional

Predictably Unpredictable

Predictably unpredictable – I feel like this is one of the best ways to describe life. You hear about the fact that the only thing that is consistent in life is change. So why not embrace a little unpredictability?

A predictable and cyclical life has never been the life for me. Where’s the fun in always doing the same old routine? I understand that some people live comfortably in a world of regularity and stability; I would say some of these are the same people that may fear the unknown. For me? The unknown is sometimes the best and most exciting place to be.

The Professional – What’s Next?

I’ve had the opportunity recently to talk to several students that are soon to graduate and embark on their professional journey. In a world of internships and contracts, they are looking for some sort of stability and comfort in what lies ahead. Often they ask me, “how do you do it?” The answer is: I just do.

We (sometimes, unfortunately) live in a world of internships, contracts and embracing free labour. However, it’s the way of life for the most part. It’s time to look at the glass and decide if it’s half full or half empty – even though I’m sorry to use that cliche. It’s the difficult truth and you have to be willing to adapt to the job market.

Look at it this way – I have done a lot of contract work. Since graduation, I’ve worked several part-time jobs at one time to make ends meet. During that time I also worked a lot of overlapping jobs to accumulate experience and get the most out of that stage of life where you usually have more time and fewer responsibilities. I can’t say I loved the instability, but I absolutely loved the experience. You’ve got to take the good with the bad.

In jobs, volunteering, networking I have always had the next opportunity just waiting around the corner. I did good work, shook the right hands, embraced the twists and turns and am forever grateful for the predictable unpredictability in my professional life.

Unpredictability – How I Live My Life

“It’s easy for you to know what’s going on with me. My life is boring – I do the same trips, the same workshops, and have the same schedule. You on the other hand? I never know what you’re up to. It drives me crazy. You say you’re in one place and then you’re off to the next. You’re completely unpredictable.”

And that’s how I like it.

“It’s easy for you to know what’s going on with me. My life is boring – I do the same trips, the same workshops, the same schedule.”

I was raised by a woman who did weekend adventures. Half the time I had no idea where I was going – we just jumped in the car and sought adventure. We made our adventure. It was never expensive or extravagant; it was just unpredictably ours and that’s why it was so wonderful.

This has ultimately followed me into adulthood. I’m happy with an unpredictable lifestyle. It’s okay to not know what you’re doing tomorrow, or what trip you’re going to take this year. The thought of doing something different or spontaneous gets me excited. I know that this is a personal choice, but I honestly could never fall into (what I call a boring, old) routine.

Today, I’m going to challenge you to try these three ideas that could add a little more unpredictability to your life:

  1. Jump in the car and just drive; don’t have a plan, just have a picnic, awesome tunes and great company
  2. Text a bunch of friends (chances are some will be busy) “what are you up to?” on a random day. See what you can collaborate on for an adventure
  3. Do nothing. Seriously. Have a day where you have nothing to do and be open to whatever comes your way

That’s A Wrap

I’ve never been one for conclusions, but I felt this needed to be wrapped up this week. Mostly because I had a couple people almost scold me or become confused at my love for the unknown; how I can somehow see the good in being unpredictable. Ultimately, this is a “me thing”. I was raised to be comfortable with change. However, change is also a way of life. You’re either going to learn to ride the waves or get caught in the undertow – the choice is yours.

Hopefully, you enjoy the predictably unpredictable nature of life as it truly can be an awesome ride.

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