Why It's OK To Not Always Have A Plan But To Have An Exit Strategy

By Gigi Engle

Not everything in life requires a secure and perfectly-outlined plan. In fact, some of the best adventures and greatest love affairs occur out of complete chance and circumstance.

It may be a little scary, but it’s often good to let go and enjoy the ride. You don’t need everything in concrete detail; that can take away from the thrill of it all.

Though spontaneity and improvisation offer you that much sought-after stomach flip, it’s critical to take an exit strategy into consideration even if you don't always know exactly where every journey is headed.

Sometimes, it’s OK to bail when things are getting too heavy. Sometimes, the ride stops being fun and just starts being scary.

You’ll feel a lot better and a lot more secure embracing your lust for all things that feed your free spirit as long as you have a get-out-of-jail-free card.

While the greatest of expeditions are in unchartered territory within both the world and the heart, you need to make sure dry land is a swimmable distance away.

It’s OK not to always have a plan as long as you have an exit strategy.

You don’t need to know where you’re headed; you just need to have a way home.

It’s OK to just pick up and travel. In fact, it’s a wonderful thing to be able to take off and see the world.

We’re young; it’s the perfect time to spread our wings and fly. It’s also the ideal period in our lives to hop on a plane and not know exactly where we might end up.

It’s exhilarating to be uncertain of where tomorrow may lead you. You could just as easily run off to Thailand as you could to Paris. Everything is on a whim. Just be sure you have a way to get home.

If the adventure becomes too much, if it stops fulfilling you and begins to drain you, you know you can always get back to your safety net.

He doesn’t need to be “The One”; he just needs to show you adventure.

It’s perfectly OK to date someone you're not sure you'll marry. Nothing is a waste of time. Everything is a learning experience. He doesn’t need to be your whole world, he just has to show you the world.

If he excites you, if he gives you those daunting and thrilling butterflies, that is all you need. If it feels good right now, go with it. Travel with him and have beautiful experiences together.

Don’t get bogged down by the future. What is meant to be will happen. Keep your mind and your heart open. Be aware this could end, but you’re loving every minute of it while it lasts.

You don’t always need a map; you just need to know when it’s the end of the road.

When you’re on a wild adventure, you can easily drop the maps and just see what happens. Take all of those roads, discover where they lead you. You’ll come out on the other side.

While you may loose the maps, be sure to recognize when it is time to throw in the towel and slow down. You need to know yourself enough to know when you’ve had enough. Be ready to pump the breaks and come to a full stop.

You don’t need to speak the language; you just need to buy the ticket.

You may not speak the language, you may not know the customs, but that shouldn’t stop you from going. Break down your barriers!

If you let a bunch of tiny factors grow into a big, scary monster, you'll never be able to face it. Don't let things overwhelm you. Instead, trust everything will be OK.

You don’t need to let go of all your fear; you just need to be willing to try.

New experiences are terrifying. The thing that gets lost in translation is the fact that you don’t have to pretend you have it together all the time. Embrace your fear and be willing to face it.

Pretending you’re not afraid won’t serve you. To make the most incredible memories, you don’t need to be fearless, you just need to be willing.

Real bravery is the openness to try new things BECAUSE you’re scared, not the ability to try anything because you aren’t self-aware enough to sense danger.

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