Many of us have been raised to believe that we must have a plan for our lives. Stick in at school, get good grades, go to university, get a good job, save for your pension, get a mortgage, buy a house, have kids, climb the ladder…and then have some well deserved me time when you are 65.

We discussed this in my meditation group last night, kicked off by a member of the group who is dissatisfied with her situation and who is now worried that her plan hasn’t stayed on track. Her dreams from her original plan haven’t all been realised and it seems like time is running out. She feels that change is elusive because she is constrained by the need to make money.

Prompted by this conversation another member shared a TED talk by Abigail Washburn with the group today which I think speaks volumes for living without strict goals or plans: