Living Spontaneously

When I sit back and think about it, sometimes it’s hard for me to comprehend that there are people who don’t live spontaneously. So many of the decisions I make are on the fly according to what I’m feeling at the moment–I can’t imagine living so rigidly that I would have stopped to evaluate everything before making them. I keep a loose schedule, but I’m by no means married to it. I’m nothing like my mother, who has a hemorrhage if I so much as ingest a dust article before her meticulously planned dinner. That is, I think, the epitome of the mentality of living spontaneously–spoiling your dinner and not caring about it.  It’s a world view I’ve tried to maintain as I’ve matured.

Predictability is the enemy of adventure. We need our schedules to keep ourselves on track, but they become detrimental when they begin to run our entire lives. Making sure you get up on time for work is one thing–micromanaging your day down to the time you snack and take bathroom breaks is another. Often, we tend to place importance on tasks and aspects of our lives that we don’t necessarily need to. Not devoting a chunk of time to organize the paperclips in your work drawer can seem like a big deal, but in the long run, does it really matter?

Breaking from our schedules and taking spontaneous actions is healthy and beneficial. Cutting class every now and then to get breakfast with friends won’t be the end of the world (watch those attendance policies, though!). However, when we let spontaneity become the norm, it’s not much better than not doing it at all. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, a spontaneous action is one “performed or occurring as a result of a sudden inner impulse or inclination and without premeditation or external stimulus”.  The key word there is sudden–if you make a habit of slacking on your work or skipping out on plans, it won’t be so sudden any more.

Eventually, life will always call you back to order. Your alarm will go off for work Monday morning, your teacher will swamp you with homework, or your mom will need you to come home and help out around the house; these things can’t be avoided indefinitely. Throwing caution to wind and being spontaneous, though, can take away some of the droll of daily life as long as it’s done in moderation. So if you’re looking for a sign to go do something spontaneous, this it it!

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