Is it possible that not being able to plan the life ahead could lead to mental health issues? Or does trying to plan every detail of a future life cause mental health issues?
Government, parents and teachers share a common conviction (generally speaking) that life should be planned.
For those who are not planners by nature this can feel very preachy, and for many create huge pressure on how they live life each and everyday.
Advertisers pile on the pressure to plan for the life ahead; swallow exam-improving pills, take a 30-years house mortgage, start a family, contribute to a pension, and of course… the all important life insurance policy!
Advertisers tap into fears of inadequacy to sell products that rarely fulfil the promise claimed, and normally require the purchase of a subsequent top-up product. Planning life for advertisers entails having to keep striving for more.
Capitalism Builds A Better Future?
Some elder people in the UK will say, and can demonstrate, a life planned is a life that is better. Others will point to regret or how life did not turn out as they intended, sometimes leading to a sanguine acceptance or deep bitterness. (Also see Brexit post for more on this)
Capitalism, the system under which we all slave, relies heavily on people buying into a better future, generally defining ‘better’ as some material gain such as a new phone, sofa, car or house.
Life Is Haphazard
Life by its very nature is haphazard. The amount of variables all living creatures need to negotiate everyday makes it none other. It is possible to plan for an accident although the consequences of breaking a leg could be beyond anything that can actually be imagined when it happens.
So if planning the future is paramount to living a happy, fulfilling life, when things go wrong what impact does it have on the mental capacity of an individual?
Part of Haphazard Business is to (unscientifically) examine through conversation and posts here, whether pressure to plan long-term for the future is contributing to the rise in mental health issues across Britain.