There have been weeks of torrential rain, storms, wind and flooding. I have to restart my Haphazard tour following almost 3-weeks of suspension. Today I will aim for Norfolk in eastern England and the seaside town of Great Yarmouth.*
In event organising circles, the weather is usually the biggest risk. Best laid plans can quickly go awry if weather contingency has not been built-in. Since picking up Brook on June 2nd it has rained most days. There are constant weather warnings. In places, there is severe flooding caused by a month of rainfall in a few hours.
I stayed at friends places and attempted day trips. Cold wet summer days don’t make conditions conducive to chatting about ideas.
Fortunately, no damage or costs have been incurred. Instead, I was able to attend some art degree shows and a major conference on AI. The conference was outdoors and struggled valiantly to stay operational.
Learning From Event Organising
These last few weeks have been a good metaphor for Haphazardness. Expectations often do not meet reality due to external circumstances. It is good to plan for unseen eventualities without becoming obsessed. Developing a mindset that can accept and adapt is a great asset throughout life.
*Updated 21 June 2019. The plan was to head to Norwich yesterday but huge storm clouds appeared and decided to hold off until today.