My travel guide has been created, and my bag is almost packed. Somewhere in the midst of Appendix II I realized–planning is not a bad thing. If not for planning, we’d be walking to a Paris metro station at 5am on our way to Amsterdam, only to find that the Paris metro does not run at 5am. We’d then try to find a cab–which would be very difficult to locate (again, it would be five in the morning) without the 24-7 phone number I’ve recorded (in my travel guide) for an English speaking taxi service (which we now will call 24 hours in advance to set up a pick-up time).
So you see, OCD is something that has survived survival of the fittest, and for very good reason. A well planned trip–and a well planned life–does not just result in survival; planning allows a life to flourish. Thus, really, OCD is a favorable trait.
Or at least that’s what I tell myself. Three times in a row.