Have you ever thought about how cyclical the world is? I mean, here is yet another Monday, same as last week, and the week before that. When did Monday start being Monday? Besides the simple week though, there are larger cycles like the months, years, decades, etc., and also the smaller cycles of hours, minutes, seconds. It's like everything is on a continuous loop! The thing is, each of us gets to choose exactly which cycle we focus on the most. Yes I know, my crazy theories always stem from something super left field, but what I'm really boiling down to is my constant dilemma between focusing on the longer cycles or the shorter cycles of life. The eternal debate of long term vs. short term. It's true that I tend to be focused more on one than the other, but maybe there is a better way to incorporate a bit of both.
Back when I lived in Washington Heights, I used to work at 2 different places. My rent was way cheaper, and I worked all of the time (or so it seemed), but I feel like I was still always broke for some darn reason. One of my jobs was working as a waitress in which I took home cash tips every night. I began to start collecting all of my cash tips at the end of each night and putting it in a little shoe box under my bed. I tried my hardest not to touch it at all (every once in a while though, I really really wanted an empanada, so I figured a dollar or two here and there would be fine). When I realized I had to move suddenly, I put all of my stuff in storage, including my shoebox, and went to work in the Hamptons for the summer. When I came back, I knew I'd definitely have enough money to get an apartment of my own. I even still had the shoebox untouched for a while actually (which subsequently moved to a guitar case). But after a few months of living on my own, and quitting work, my under the bed savings account is all gone (well, actually, it just got super demoted to a simple wallet, which usually contains my rent money (barely) and gets totally depleted every 1st of the month)!
I suppose at one point in my life, I was thinking a bit longer term, but somehow my gears have switched and at MOST I think about what I'm gonna be doing for the week (but usually just the day). How did it get like this? I'm not sure about any of you all, but I know that sometimes I do try to bargain with myself and justify my fleeting lifestyle. I really do want to experience as much as I can while I'm still able, so sometimes I like to leave my schedule open to the random events that occur. I really don't like to plan things too far in advance because I never know what I'm gonna be doing until I'm doing it. On the other hand, I see people who plan things soooo far in the future to the point where I feel like I could maybe probably win the lottery in between that time frame...or get struck by a meteor or something. This thought process has trickled into my way of thinking about spending as well. 'Why hold on to something you can't take to the grave?' 'Gotta spend it before you lose it.' ' Money will come and go, but the experiences won't.'
It's true that I do hold a little animosity towards planning anything in general. I'm basically anti-plan and pro go with the flow. However, I do think that ultimately there are benefits to both sides. I'm the kind of person who could use some structure here and there. Back when I had the goal of getting my own apartment, it took time to work towards getting there. I couldn't just randomly jump up and do it. I suppose when there is a specific goal with a specific date in mind that you are planning TOWARDS, the time can go by smidge quicker. On the other side of that, a person who plans too much, or gets too focused on their routine won't have any time to incorporate the serendipity of life as it comes. Also, if there is no goal and specified time of accomplishment in you cyclical work schedule, it can be just as aimless as not planning at all.
We should always have a direction we want to move forward. As long as we are moving forward, if it's one day at a time, week to week, or even year by year, it's something to work with. Short term minded people like me should try and see the benefits of planning ahead for the future sometimes. Sure anything could happen at any moment, but trying to predict what COULD happen is just as astronomical as trying to predict that something WILL happen. Long term minded people, spice it up a notch! All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. If your only goal is to save money, try to figure out what you're saving for...a house? a car? a family? to travel? Perhaps you can find a way to incorporate some aspects of the things you are working towards into your everyday life. Always keep in mind that fact that we can do something our future selves will thank us for. And now, I am off to try and at least plan the rest of my day! Hopefully something exponentially productive. (It's a process people!)
P.s. One planning thing I was always nervous about was wedding days. I don't know how people can plan such an important day SO far in advanced. I'd be an anxious wreck!
P.p.s. How do you organize a space party? You planet!
P.p.p.s. It really is true about all the cycles that the world has us confined by. It's a wonder more people don't go insane. Which reminds me of a really good episode of Mr. Robot where Elliot was in this routine thing every day...just go watch it, don't wanna spoiler alert!