I know that many people perceive me as this uber-organized person who likes to have everything planned out well in advance. My fairly recent discovery that I am actually a P on the Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator (MBTI) came as a shock, even to me. For the uninitiated, the key words used to describe the “Perceiving” preference are flexible , open, adaptable, and SPONTANEOUS. P’s prefer to travel with fewer plans and like to experience new things. This whole moving to California thing is definitely a nod to this part of my personality – the adventure of the new job and the very new home is a large part of the excitement for me.
Anyway, since most people see me as a J on the MBTI (key words structured, decided, organized, and scheduled), they are shocked – SHOCKED I SAY – when they learn that I don’t know what route I am taking across the country. Here’s how it’s been going:
THEM: So, what route are you taking?
ME: I have no idea. My friend is planning the trip.
THEM: Are you taking Route 80?
ME: I don’t know.
THEM: Well then you must be taking Route 70. Are you taking a southern route?
ME: I really don’t know. I decided to let my friend plan this because I had so much else to do.
THEM: Are you stopping in Indianapolis/St. Louis/Denver/Albuquerque? If you are, I know this great place to eat.
ME: I don’t know. But you could e-mail me about it.
THEM: Maybe you’re taking Route 70.
THEM: Which route are you taking?
SERIOUSLY FOLKS, I don’t know.
I’ll let you know when I’m on it.