Normal duck…normal duck…WACKY DUCK!…normal duck….
I love the “duck crossing” street signs in my neighborhood. The third duck in the line seems to be having the time of his life strutting across Main Street.
That little duck’s got attitude. He’s not content to be just another duck in a row.
Have you heard that phrase before—keep your ducks in a row? It means to prepare all the bits and pieces before you embark on a new venture.
That might mean creating a detailed packing list so you don’t forget anything before you head off on a European vacation. Or before a job interview, you might research the company, practice your answers to common interview questions, and make sure your best suit is clean.
I like the idea of “keeping my ducks in a row,” but when it comes to real life, I’d file this nugget of wisdom under Bad Advice.
No matter how hard I try to keep those ducklings precisely in line, 1 or 2 feel the need to make like the wacky duck on the street sign and cut loose.
And that’s OK.
I’ve been much happier when I leave some things to chance and give up on perfectionism. Sure, I still make a packing list before I go on a trip, but that doesn’t stop me from forgetting my toothbrush or phone charger on occasion.
Another example of me not having my ducks in a row was when I had to choose a college major. Most people think about their majors in high school and will apply to colleges that cater to their preferred majors.
I didn’t choose a major until I was in my junior year…of college.
Yikes! My duck wasn’t just out of the row—he was playing Frisbee on the quad with the pigeons.
But by not having my ducks in a row, I was able to take the time I needed to consider all my options and make a choice that I could live with for the long haul. It’s been nearly 10 years since I graduated, and I am still happily working in the field of my college major.
How many college graduates do you know still do what they went to school to learn?
That’s OK too!
Even when you keep your ducks in a row from the start, things can change as you grow and evolve as a person.
Do you keep your ducks in a row? What “good advice” do you ignore?