Spontaneous Living - Livin' the Good Life
Jun. 23rd, 2012
12:39 pm - Spontaneous Living
One thing I've learned about myself over the years is that I like to live spontaneously. I like to say, without looking at the clock, "I'm going to town, and I don't know when I'll be back." In all my adult years, I've not been able to freely say that. I've always been accountable to other people, and I need to consider them before I go somewhere. Does someone need me to do them a favor, or carry out an errand, or do I need to WAIT until someone else is ready to go with me, or do I have to be back at a certain time so I can make a meal, or do some other service for someone? This has been my life for the last 40 years, and though I'm happy to consider others most of the time and I HAVE, because I live in a family where we count on each other to be a team, I find it pure pleasure to just spontaneously decide to go somewhere by myself, for myself. It seems like such a luxury. Such an indulgence.
I can remember a time, when I got my first car, that I drove around aimlessly, looking for interesting things to see and do. And I always found them. It was a fascinating way to live, and it didn't last long. But, now, at 63, I'm entering into a new stage of my life where spontaneity seems to be coming back. It's appropriate. I'm mature now, and I have many interests that I'm starting to follow as my time frees up and my obligations ease. I'm very much looking forward to another phase of "fascinating living". And, unlike some people, I really like doing things by myself. Luckily, I have a husband who is very independent and enjoys spending time alone. We are well-matched in that way. We are there for each other, and at the same time, we give each other lots of space. It's perfect for us.
So, along the lines of "spontaneous living" Damian dropped over last night and wanted to teach us a new Ralph Stanley song so we can perform it tonight. We were up for it, and we learned it in short order. Here is an instagram picture that Nathen snapped of our impromptu rehearsal. We were working up three part vocal harmonies. Notice Ollie dancing to the music. Fun!