When Your Plan Fails

I have a poster hung up at my desk which reads, “A goal without a plan is just a wish.” It’s one of my favorite motivational quotes from one of my favorite artists, Van Gogh. If you didn’t know it already, I’m a planner. I love to-do lists and structure. I HATE being late. Everything I do works into my master plan somehow.

The other week I wrote out my five year timeline. Now there aren’t a whole lot of things I can plan that far in advance, but I wanted to get the big things on the calendar like: projected grad school, potential engagement/wedding plans, buying a new car etc. All of the important milestones.

Sunday The Republican and I adopted the sweetest dog, Zooey. We had been talking about it for a while and figured now was as good a time as any. We did the research, picked a breed, looked at many articles on the cost of owning a dog, vet locations, all of boring things about pet ownership. But no matter how much you plan, sometimes there are forces beyond your control and your plan just fails.

True Life:Plans Fail

We took Zooey to the vet yesterday for an exam. We had a few concerns, but hoped she was just still recovering from her recent spay surgery. Unfortunately our concerns were confirmed. The shelter had failed to identify a potentially major hip injury and possible debilitating condition. They think she is suffering from Hip Dysplasia which is common amongst larger dogs, and especially German Shepards. Depending on what the X-Rays say she could need treatment ranging from physical therapy all the way up to a $5,000 hip replacement. Not great news for a new pet owner.

At this point we’re hoping tomorrow brings good news and looking into getting a second opinion, but this $600 vet visit looks like it could quickly spiral into something a hell of a lot more expensive. Pet budget: officially out the window.

We adopted her. She’s a part of our family now and like any parent would do for their child, we’re going to see this injury/condition through to recovery.

When your plan fails, no matter how much effort you put into it, you have to let it go and start over. If something means that much to you, you’ll find a way to make it work. Reassess the situation and formulate a new plan. The more information you have, the better. Hopefully our second plan will pan out better than the first. Here’s to Friday bringing good news!

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