Spontaneously (un)Stuck

Yesterday, I was in Tennessee. Today, I’m in Florida.

No plan. No thought.

Just me, my dog, my duffel bag and a six and a half hour trip down Interstate 65.

It was, by far, the most spontaneous and unplanned thing I have EVER done. And I would do it again – in a heartbeat.

Why?

Well, for one, it’s 23 degrees in Nashville and 54 degrees in Pensacola.

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Pensacola feels amazing today.

More importantly, because I needed to find some fun in my hustle.

Coffee shops and music are fun, but I needed to change things up a little bit and gain some inspiration.

There’s nothing more inspiring than the beach, right?

Living spontaneously and impulsively can be dangerous, but more times than not, it can be just the thing that saves us in a moment of being “stuck.”

Carlos Whittaker talks about making moments in his book, Moment Maker.

(What a shock!)

He talks about turning life into an adventure and why it’s important to just jump before you look down sometimes.

His book has resonated with me since it came out a couple years ago. But I haven’t put the principles I read in his book into practice. Until yesterday.

I thought to myself,

“I can either write in coffee shops in Nashville, or I can write in coffee shops in Pensacola. Either way, I’m going to write. Which one will I remember more in 5 years?”

Duh.

Not everyone can pick up and leave for a week. Your families, bosses and bank accounts may not appreciate the art of spontaneity. But do yourself a favor and find ways to change things up this week.

Take a new route to work. Go to a different restaurant. Stop by that little shop you have wanted to visit. Visit the library. Enjoy your neighbors. Paint a wall.

You won’t regret it.

There are a million reasons why you shouldn’t. I shouldn’t have driven to Florida after hardly any sleep, with bad eyes and leaving my house unattended for a week. You could call me dangerous and irresponsible.

Don’t listen to that voice.

Every now and then, jumping off the cliff without looking will prove you can fly. 

 

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