Spontaneous –being natural and instinctive, a thing said or done without planning resulting from a natural impulse or tendency.
To celebrate Dylan's graduation we embarked on an iconic North American style road trip by getting in a car and heading west. Accompanied by a good family friend, my son, daughter and I set out to cruise our way to Graceland.
You either make a decision or circumstances make a decision on your behalf.
My first instinct in Atlanta was to buy a map. Being a strong MBTI "J" and boy scout my comfort level is knowing where I am at all times. But do you have any idea how hard it is to find one? So with only i-phones and an app we set off. We talk to locals to find 'the' things to do and where to eat. We've swum in the best watering hole in North America, walked through a cypress swamp, eaten catfish and fried green tomatoes, as well as the infamous hot chicken, learned of the losses of the civil war and of local heroes, and of course the music. Booking hotels only minutes before arriving in a new town frees us from adhering to a schedule.
Seneca says, Travel and change impart new vigour to the mind. And, So much of who we are is where we have been. William Langewiesche . My personal goal is to die with memories, not dreams.
In order to do so requires permission to Decide without thinking to know what your heart says. Fathima Gani It requires an open mind and an inherent desire to be unusually random, unplanned and spontaneous. After all, The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experiences. Eleanor Roosevelt
Dr. Andrew Weil wrote a book saying that spontaneous happiness is the new path to emotional well being and Dolly Parton warns us to Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.
So tonight I leave you with a song from the movie Pochantas where she realises each moment is unique and can only be lived once, she wishes to achieve her dreams and instead of choosing the familiar she chooses the unknown that lies Just around the river bend . Which do you choose?
Happiness consists of living each day as if it were the first day of your honeymoon and the last day of your vacation. - Leo Tolstoy