• Rachel Reynolds

The What's Next Game (a nomad update)

Does your mind like to play the what's next game? It's one of subconscious's most favorite game to play. I've been an avid player of this game for as long as I can remember, and I've played it small and big. For instance, when I'm eating lunch sometimes I find myself thinking about what I'll have for dinner. Or maybe I'll be out at a bar with friends, thinking about the next one I want to hit up. That's the small way to play, but lately - I've been finding myself accidentally playing way too big.


As most of you know, I've spent the last several months traveling and I technically don't have a home - which has been amazing. It's also led me to have a lot of alone time and even more time to think. Like a lot of time. And let me tell you, me having a lot of time is not something I'm used to nor something I naturally prefer.


Lately, I've caught myself becoming obsessed with what's next. I think I get branded a lot as some type of go-with-the-flow-free-spirited-care-free woman, and while that's partially true, there are days where I CRAVE stability and consistency. And when I crave those things, I can't stop thinking about what's next.


Mostly, I think about what I want to do when I get back from Europe in the fall. Where I want to live, who I want to be close to (hint: everyone), what further education I want to pursue, etc. My mind thinks about these things all. the. time.


But here's the thing - while I think it's great to be progressive and goal oriented, I wonder how much I'm missing out on when I'm daydreaming about the future. I know this nomad life isn't forever and I need to live it all out, but sometimes I have to remind myself.


I know I'm not the only one playing this game. Maybe you just graduated and you're wondering what's next. Maybe you just got married and you're wondering what's next. Maybe you just landed your dream job, and before you even had a minute to enjoy it, you started wondering what's next.


Personally, I don't think life is supposed to be all about chasing the next thing. Don't get me wrong - I'm all about goals and improvement, but at what point do we get to just start enjoying? Which is why I'm writing this. This one is for me and for anyone who needs a reminder to enjoy the day for what it is. For me, I'm currently living it up in Chicago getting ready for 3 months in Europe. I have a fairly decent idea of what I want to do after that, but I guess I'll have to see what's next!


xo,

Rachel



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