While there are certain things I like or need to include in my daily routine , I do not pre-plan my entire day. This leaves time in between to do whatever I feel needs to be done at the time. I consider myself spontaneous (impulsive doesn’t have the same fun-loving ring to it), and I’m okay with it most of the time.
Spontaneity is the reason my hair is a weird faded reddish color at the moment. I don’t really want red hair. But, a few weeks ago, I thought I did.
It’s the reason there are spray paint outlines on the floor of my garage. Because I went on a shopping spree- okay a few shopping sprees at Dollar Tree for organizational and decor items that I of course wanted to customize. Thanks, Pinterest.
It’s the reason why I cut people off in conversation to interject my thoughts. (I’m really working on that one.) I sometimes even forget what I’m talking about mid-sentence. My brain jumps around pretty quickly so it loses track of what’s going on. Wait, what were we talking about?
It’s the reason why my wedding was in a small chapel in the mountains with only about ten guests in attendance. Because planning in advance isn’t really my thing. I called the chapel, and they had an opening in two weeks. Before I knew it, I told the woman I was speaking with that we would take it.
It’s the reason for most of my family’s spur of the moment day trips all over Georgia. Occasionally, I wake my family up early and let them know were heading to (insert random location that showed up on a Google search). It annoys the shit out of them at first, but I’m okay with that too. They always end up feeling grateful for the opportunity.
Should I? Should I not?
Honestly, being spontaneous has been a contributing factor in a lot of poor decisions I’ve made. On the flip side, it’s the reason that I have said yes to many amazing opportunities. It’s one of a few aspects of my personality that I have a love-hate relationship with.
So how can we differentiate between spontaneity presenting as a possible good opportunity versus a potentially bad decision? I have found that the key for me is to allow for the possibility of last minute decisions to occur but not without a quick inventory of consequences. If it’s a really important decision I use journaling to help with the decision. You can r
If during one of these moments I were to have a sudden inclination to buy a new sofa, I would need to consider the damage this could do to my budget. That’s a pretty obvious example, but that same logic can be applied to other situations.
Point Goes To Spontaneity
When you use this concept in regards to a drive halfway across the state to hike up a mountain, the consequences could be a house full of tired, grumpy kids the next morning and calf muscles that don’t work for two days. When I compare that to the pros such as quality time with family, good exercise and sunshine, being spontaneous wins every time.
Do you allow yourself to have moments of spontaneity or do you prefer to plan everything in advance? I’d love to see your thoughts in the comment section below.