Life Without A Plan Is Not That Bad

Being spontaneous is awesome!

James Nguyen
Sep 11 · 3 min read
Photo by Tobias Tullius on Unsplash

I have been asked:

How can you have no long term plan?

Why are you so carefree?

To be honest. I would have said the same thing to myself. Uncertainty is what I most certainly have a lot.

I never have been a person who has goals laid out step by step, nor have everything planned out for every minute, every hour of my life. If someone asks me what would I see myself become in the next 5 years, I would have no answer. I don’t even have any idea what I will achieve in the next 3 months.

5 years ago, interviewing for my first job, I was asked “How do you see yourself become in 5 years” — at that moment it didn’t take me long to answer: “I want to be a senior programmer”. It wasn’t difficult to answer that because I love coding, so I foresaw myself working hard at it and strive to become better. But along that 5 years. My viewpoint changed. From wanting to become a senior programmer, I thought about becoming a professional photographer, also a travel nomad who funds himself with passive income from Vlogs. The point is: I found myself susceptible to changes in long term life goals.

I want to become a beer brewer, a photographer, I also want to become a YouTuber, a traveler and also a writer. I want to learn the piano, learn a new language, learn to be a Dungeon and Dragon Game Master. I have so many choices for skills I want to flourish for my future, that all of them I will get to experiment on, to see whether or not I would actually like it. And because I try all of them, I learn more and more about myself, what I am strong with, what I am not comfortable doing.


Spontaneous is what I love about myself. Having an overview of my own strength and weaknesses helped me a lot in focusing energy on what I actually love. I now shoot photos as a hobby, write blogs to express my thoughts and feelings, and learning piano — because I believe a person in their lifetime should at least be able to play an instrument. Being spontaneous means to live in the moment. I don’t focus too hard on far-fetch life plan and forget to appreciate my surroundings. I pay more attention to details, to events that would be caught by no one’s eyes. I am not in a hurry doing anything because I usually have only one plan at a time. That guarantees me quality time with my friends without worrying if I would miss the next appointment, to ensure I have all my focus on the task at hand and think about the next task only when I’m finished with the current one.

In the end, if you are someone like me, who is spontaneous and carefree, feel happy and assured because whatever the road leads you, there is always another path awaits. There will be many detours, and each of the detours will determine the result of the next. A life plan is only supposed to be a plan, and reality has proven that it has nothing to do with how future unfolds. Life is an adventure, and as long as you are believing in yourself, you will live a good life. Godspeed!

James Nguyen

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A programmer who likes to write both code and blogs

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