Life Is What Happens To You While You’re Busy Making Others Plans…

Good morning world and thanks for tuning in to another day here on Planet Magnet. I trust today finds you in fine fettle and ready to take on the world. I trust you were early to bed and slept the sleep of the just, rising refreshed and chirpy and as beautiful as ever you were.

As many of you know, last week was the anniversary of the death of John Lennon. I did actually mean to raise this point but as John Lennon basically said, life got in the way whilst I was preparing to write something about his famous quote about life getting in the way.

Thinking about it now, I still recall to this day exactly where I was when I found out he had been assassinated. I was in a form room at school, sitting on a cage wrapped around a radiator trying to keep warm in the portakabin that served as our base for both morning registration and lessons. I recall the friend (a guy named David Lambert – why do I remember that!) who told me was visibly upset by the fact. I can’t say that I was that concerned although I must have been in some way for it to have all stuck.

Anyway, it is the quote alone that strikes a chord with me today. Biographies on John Lennon differ wildly with some saying he was a visionary who didn’t conform and should be respected for taking on the establishment, to others that read him as being a hateful money grabbing individual. For this reason I have no opinion of the man although I do have an opinion of the quote.

Put simply, to me it means it is what happens to us all no matter who we are or from which walk of life we have sprung forth into this world. We all set ourselves goals and dreams and on our way to achieve them, things come along and take over. Some are more important than our own goals and some are more easily achievable than tasks we might set for ourselves. Regardless of what they are, we are all guilty of letting it happened. We decide we will do something but life kind of happens and gets in the way.

We must not fight this though because if we do, we may never realise our full potential, we may never meet that one true love or we may never be there for our fellow man when they themselves need our help. At this time of year this final reason is much more important than ever. There are enough egotistical bores in this world who simply consider themselves and no one else and it is those people we must thwart by allowing life to get in the way of our other plans and putting others first whether it be a helping hand to carry a bag, or a simple smile to a stranger. Always feel like you can make a difference.

Try it for a while, give living a chance, you never know, you might just like it when you are not always striving for that next perfect part of your life and you are finally dealing with the day as it comes. It certainly leaves you feeling much more capable of heading off the days trials and tribulations…

‘Till tomorrow,

Stay out of the fridge.


22 thoughts on “Life Is What Happens To You While You’re Busy Making Others Plans…

  1. jncthedc says:

    I call this finding your purpose in life rather than acting as leech and living off society. It is part of creating BALANCE and makes life more fulfilling. Thank you for sharing this important message.

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  2. New Journey says:

    Love the quote….I remember where I was, it was at my home in Petaluma, married to my first husband (frigin sad they have #’s..LOL) we had a reel to reel to play music on, we started immediately playing every Beatle song we had, and we had them all on our reel to reel….word got out that there was a memorial at our house and all sorts of friends, with friends showed up for days, just sat and listened some talked about song playing, then would leave…we did this for over a week straight only stopping for sleep…one of us was home at all times and staggered out work week…including my brother in law and a couple friends…needless to say we were hard core Beatle fans….way back when….I had the joy of meeting John and Yoko Lennon and was there waitress in Olema California, he was doing a concert at Bolinas…what a likeable chap…..she was a little out there for me…and not very nice….but John and all his body guards were very kind…I was able to sit with them and talk about life…he gave me back stage passes and I gave them to my best friend( whom I was working for as she called in sick) who was a true fanatic about the Beatles, she & her mom was why the term Beatle Mania was created….do I regret not going with her….all the time…he was a very gifted man….thanks for the memory and great post…kat

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    • Worlds Biggest Fridge Magnet says:

      Wow! Thats amazing Kat! What a great story!
      It is incredible to think there are people I know who have met the man!
      You do sound like a very hardcore Beatles fan for sure. I have always liked but never really intensely. I prefer late Beatles and John Lennon’s solo stuff I would say. Maybe more the late 60’s and early 70’s bits with some of the most famous late 70’s stuff thrown in for good measure….


  3. Osyth says:

    It’s one of the great quotes because it is so true. I suppose in the end life is about striving for balance but should never be a question of planning yourself into oblivion. As a matter of interest my youngest daughter studies at the same art school as JL something which all the students are inordinately proud of – big shoes!

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