Spontaneity does not run deep in my veins. I am a planner and I always have been. My brain is wired to know what to expect and is also programmed to be able to come up with a Plan B on very short notice. Up to now, it has served me well.
There are very few times in my life when I feel comfortable not having a plan in place. The days when I get into the car and just drive, with no destination in mind, are some of those times. There is freedom I feel being in a car that has no purposeful end in sight. If a dead-end sign is nowhere to be seen, any road is fair game. This blind journey is one of my greatest pleasures.
The arteries of paved streets could take me anywhere and I always take comfort in the fact that my car’s navigation system will be able to put me back on the road to home. But the most enjoyable part of this pilgrimage is seeing the sites I would never have planned to see if I let my brain plot the course. Landscapes paint themselves on a canvas as I drive and I am awed by places I never knew existed. The world becomes a vast collection of vignettes after I take the time to slow down and recognize the beauty that is in my peripheral vision.
I need to allow the aspect of that freedom to take over more of my life. While structure is a welcome friend, improvisation could be that lonely kid on the playground who I tentatively get to know, but becomes the best friend I ever had.
That sounds very adventurous. Just get on a road in a new place, drive on and explore! I love it! The comfort of knowing that the GPS can always rescue you is calming if the adventure gets out of hand.
It is freeing feeling lost but knowing you never will be.
I am like you, more planned than unplanned. But as I get older I am learning there are great opportunities in spontaneity and openness. Like anything, I suppose it’s a balance. As the kids head back to school next week, I am thinking an adventure is forthcoming. Perhaps I will take one of your drives and see where the road leads me. Happy Adventuring!
Thank you, and same to you!