I have this weird thing that I do in order to prepare for stuff that I am excited for. It’s really weird. Ready?
Yes, plan. But not in the way that you’re thinking, oh no. Not normal, “oh, how do I get there, what do I do” planning. I mean I really plan shit out.
For example, a few weeks ago my cousin and I went into New York City for the day. A couple of nights before, I decided to research exactly which subway routes would be most efficient, print out schedules for each line we would be taking, and plot a map. All in all, I stayed up until 4 a.m. doing all of this, for no real reason other than I wanted to because I was excited for the trip. I really didn’t even need to plan much at all; I know my way around NYC well enough that I could have gotten by fine without researching every detail of the NYC subway system.
Here’s another example; I’m leaving for college in a few weeks, and I’ve been packing all of the stuff that I’ll be needing for my dorm. I started with one list of all the items I needed. Then, I decided to split that list into what I’d bring with me and what I’d buy up at college. THEN, I divided it into what I could pack now vs. what I could pack later. And THEN I divided that further into what goes in what container. And it’s gotten to the point where I’m going to need a list of lists.
I think I do it partly to keep myself occupied and excited for whatever the exciting event is, because otherwise I think I’d just sit and be thinking “can’twaitcan’twaitcan’twait” until it happens, which is a state I cannot exist in for long periods of time. But during these times I also get almost nothing else done, which pretty much means if I get excited about a thing, anything I need to do that is unrelated to the exciting thing does not get done.
So I guess, until I actually leave for college, I will be checking off items on all of my lists. Well, at least I’ll have an inventory of all my shit when I’m up at college.