“There’s always going to be the circumstances you can’t plan for. There’s always the unexpected relevance and the serendipity.” -Jason Silva


the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way.

To plan or not to plan, that is one of the questions. Planning is a way of helping us predict the outcome. It creates a sense of safety and it makes us feel as though we are prepared to confront the challenges that await us. There seems to be endless benefits from the idea of preparation but as we all know, not everything goes as planned.

There must be a balance between preparation and adaptation. If you plan too much than you chain yourself to order, while if you plan nothing at all, you might feel as though you are roaming around aimlessly. It depends on the individual. Total order might result in a sense of freedom just as the opposite can be said for an open minded approach. It becomes a ping pong match of control and surrender.

There are so many ways to go about traveling. One very common way strikes this balance, mentioned above, perfectly. Many travellers simply know where they will land at the beginning and where they will fly out from, everything else is left to the opportunities that arise. I must say that having done this myself, it is an incredibly liberating concept of exploration. Unlike having an open-ended ticket with no finish ( which is really a beautiful thing as well), people are able to set their visions on a destination. Its a goal. The details about how to get from A to B might not be so clear, but it provides people with a direction. It feels a bit like a safety net.

What is beautiful about this sandwich of time is that you allow yourself to go with the flow. If you enjoy where you are, you stay longer, and if you don’t, than you can pack up and leave. This comes a bit from the backpacker’s mentality. By creating this context, you open yourself up to take life as it presents itself. Discoveries come in all shapes in forms, and serendipitous moments take your on a truly thrilling ride.

Life adds up perfectly in hindsight and when you think about how you got to this point right now, could of it happened any other way? Maybe that conversation you randomly had was exactly what you needed to have at that point of your life?

We can all experience moments of serendipity but it requires this balance. It requires an attitude of possibility and an openness of the heart. It is part trust, part vulnerability an awareness of the now. The realization of serendipity comes as we edge our way into the future. The unknown exposes itself as we breathe deeply and move forward into our conscious awakening.

But you have to be awake and remember that life is beautiful mystery.

So however you do it, whether you create a context in travel, or adopt a new shade of seeing life unfold, keep in mind that there is opportunity everywhere and that we are all lucky to be alive. It is magical.

Sometimes things happen for a reason.

Let’s change the way we travel, together.

The Lifestyle Project