Ok, that's an understatement. Basically, I try to figure out every situation that I'm going to possibly be in and prepare and plan (and pack) to make sure I avoid not being prepared. Camping is a signature thing of mine that I tend to overpack for. I think as a perfectionist that is the one thing that bothers me the most, is the fear of not being prepared for something.
So when all said and done, my car is usually the one that looks like something from the Clampett Family from Beverly Hillbillies.
However, this past weekend we decided to take the kids camping for only 1 night. Because my husband knows me and because he knows we were only going for 1 night (and bringing the dog), he simply asked if we could not "plan" and "pack" like we usually do. He said just grab a few things and go.
Funny, because that wasn't even part of my vocabulary, but I went with it. The book I've been reading to overcome perfectionism talks about trying to take a "unplanned" vacation and see what happens.
When we got there, I certainly felt the repercussions of not being prepared. I had forgotten a slew of things including Ketchup for the hotdogs, Chocolate and Marshmallows for the s'mores, chairs that we could sit on while we ate, breakfast for the morning and whole bunch of other things. So needless to say, it was a not so perfect camping trip. However at that moment while we all "stood" in front of the campfire eating our plain hotdogs and buns, we all laughed and said, "definitely a trip to remember."
You know what, our "unplanned" trip ended up being a lot of fun and no, the world did not end because we had to eat hotdogs without ketchup, and graham crackers for breakfast. It was just the 5 of us, enjoying nature and our family. Some of the best memories I guess come from "unplanned" and not so perfect vacations.