One of the things that I’ve realized in the past few days is that the long-term plans I had intended to carry out around my schooling are going to have to be re-organized to take into account the fact that I am no longer going to be on a school semester-based schedule.
This means less work for some goals, but more for others. In some cases, though, it requires a special sort of spontaneity that I think is crucial to living a life that is truly fulfilling.
The reason that I bring all this up is that I’ve realized I had promised to take my little brother on a road trip to Ontario and Quebec at the end of the summer as a kind of congratulations for his successful completion of high school. It was going to be the last thing we did together before he went off to college.
Instead, since I’m going to have to find some sort of gainful employment soon, I’m stuck in a situation where I won’t accrue sufficient vacation time the trip we had planned for over a year. Assuming I start now, my brother will be done with his first year of college by the time we get a chance to do this trip again, and maybe studying abroad or doing an internship which would preclude our trip as well.
After worrying about this for roughly 5 minutes, I realized that there was an obvious solution staring me in the face: we can do right now! I’m only taking two low-stress summer courses, and I can easily accomplish the tasks for that while I’m on the road. I have no job right now, which means my time is totally my own for the present, but that won’t always be the case.
Furthermore, since my brother is in totally unstructured time between high school and college, he can pack up and leave for 10 days without any issues. Even better, our middle brother is home for a month, with nothing to do because he is doing a training course for the Army starting in the middle of June. By leaving for a trip right now, he can come with us too and still have two full weeks to spend time with my parents and his girlfriend before he has to ship out.
So, in the spirit of living in the moment, taking leaps, and forcing life to march by the beat of my drum, we are leaving Friday morning. We made our choice today, Tuesday, which means we’re leaving in three days.
I think that this sort of spontaneous decision-making gels nicely with the ideal of maximization. We are going to be taking our limited resources (time and money, mostly) and using them to the best of their ability. We are going to be able to spend time together that we will remember for forever, and we’re doing it for the price of 10 days we aren’t using anyways and a couple hundred dollars. I think that’s a pretty reasonable use of our resources.
On the off chance that we never get a chance to do something like this again, I’m so excited for this trip. It’s going to be a blast.
Canada, here we come!