In this over scheduled modern world, the whole concept of spontaneity feels almost an untouchable dream. Imagine being able to suddenly and somewhat randomly just change plans.
It often feels like every day, every hour, every minute is accounted for, or so I thought……
I am a planner. I like to feel organised and prepared because that way I can be my most efficient self. I can use my time wisely and get all the jobs done because there is so much to do as a Mum, employee, coach, wife blah blah blah.
But I forget…….. life is not just about getting the ‘job done’. It is about living, having fun, building relationships and being the best person we can be.
Random and spontaneous events that are entertaining and relaxed are one of the best ways to spend our time. These are the times we find ourselves living in the moment, not thinking about how long it took to organise or what we are missing or what we need to do next. We are simply being.
And so….. my new little mission is to be a little more spontaneous.
Today, with half an hours notice we had friends and family gathered to celebrate the renaming of our boat. For some, it was a welcome interlude from a tough week. For others it was part of our weekly ritual Sunday dinner. For all, it was a unique slice of time, doing something different, a little quirky and fun. It wasn’t quite as Neptune would have liked it but it was our version of paying respect to the gods.
This week I also did something very spontaneous for me. I spur of the moment booked a trip. It is something I have been thinking about doing for a little while and on Tuesday I realised next weekend would be a good opportunity. So, with 9 days notice and a very loose plan, my daughter, exchange daughter and I are off on a girls weekend to Melbourne in 5 days time!
Of course there are the odd draw backs to being spontaneous, like paying the credit card off and cleaning up the champagne off the boat and garage floor. However, these are all minor compared to the benefits of enjoying life and just for a little while, putting aside that job list.
There will always be jobs to do but there won’t always be opportunities to spend spontaneous quality time with friends and loved ones.