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October 11, 2018

I, like everyone out there, am constantly on the prowl for balance in my life. The fickle beast that we call life has a way of kicking us into states of working too much or too little, having too much fun or not any at all…

Naïvely, I sometimes find a way to convince myself that I have a complete handle on things. I do this by getting myself into the best routine that I can muster... this is an illusion of course. I’ll have everything that I have to/ want to do beautifully displayed in some excel spreadsheet. My morning workouts, varsity schedule and various other chores and responsibilities are carefully jotted down.  “Forcing” a balance or lifestyle leads to inflexibility and that's something I've been finding myself guilty of more and more lately and where's the fun in that!?

How did I get here? I’ve been yearning to escape the urban sprawl for some time now. Climb mountains, speak another language, see new places and smell weird and exotic smells, however over the last little while I’ve needed to do some grown-up things, leaving me to be the best weekend warrior I can be. Against my better judgement, more often than not, it has made me inflexible and far less spontaneous (aka. FUN). When I do plan little trips, I err on the side of caution and overthink everything. In my neurotic way, I’ve moved towards wanting to make each trip “perfect”, planning out every detail, waiting for the best moment and being a serious pain in the ass for anyone in my immediate surroundings.

I've had some "wake-up" moments recently and realised that I’m an adventurer at heart and while I love to plan and have checklists, I have always had the most fun from unexpected, spur-of-the-moment decisions.

It will never be perfect and nor do I want it to. The best experiences and the most memorable moments come when you least expect it. Travel, adventure, and events grow us, shape us and give us new perspectives on the world and the people we share it with. Some planning is definitely good, but there’s a time to turn off your inner “control-freak” and just buy that ticket. 

As they say in the classics, "the best time is now" and it will likely do you far more good than you could have ever imagined.

“Bamboo is flexible, bending with the wind but never breaking, capable of adapting to any circumstance. It suggests resilience, meaning that we have the ability to bounce back even from the most difficult times. . . . Your ability to thrive depends, in the end, on your attitude to your life circumstances. Take everything in stride with grace, putting forth energy when it is needed, yet always staying calm inwardly.”

― Ping Fu

By. Kai Fitchen

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