Spontaneity. . .
Not one of my best qualities. I am in love with the idea of it, wish to embrace it, yet constantly find the need to plan, organize, plot and formulate. These traits can be awesome when it comes to planning events and organizing one’s day. But sometimes enough is enough! Do you hear what I am saying?
At times we simply have to be in the moment, and get out there. Go! Don’t plan. Live on the edge. Ha-ha.
Like right now! I’m hopping back and forth between my blog and the amazing blog of Jessica O’Neal. I’m talking about Aspergers as I’ve come to know it and how it affects my life, while fielding the fun around here. We’d love for you to come join us when you’re done here!
Alright, it may not be that edgy; but it can be difficult for someone who is used to planning everything out in advance. Type A personality, that’s me.
Well, last summer I managed to step out and be just that – spontaneous. Summer was almost over and we hadn’t taken any vacation due to daddy’s intense work schedule. I was writing a scene and thought, “How great would it be to refresh my memory of a deep cave experience?” One internet search, a couple phone calls and in a matter of days I had the car packed with kids and bags for the long haul north.
We may not have had the luxury room we have ideally liked, but whose budget could have handled that anyway? The point was we simply did it! Just picked up and went, without care for all the other little factors concerning our house and home life.
Yes, I got some super cool research points or more for my story – journeying deep into dark crystalline caves, hiking long winding trails, and walking among the gods of nature. But I also got one of the most amazing family trips to date. The only thing missing was Dad. – Poor dad. L
We saw bears, drove through a tree, studied Indian drawings on rock walls, experienced the pitch dark within cold cave walls, walked amongst some of the largest trees (Giant Redwoods) in the United States, wandered down into mountain ravines, enjoyed amazing waterfalls and meandered along fallen markers of time.
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I have had the crystalline cave experience previously. But enough time passed that a refresher was due. I love having the five senses packed full of knowledge when I write. All the better to pull from.
How is your spontaneity counter? Can we catch you going on a whim or must you plan? How about for your writing? Do you get out and experience what you write? They say it’s best to write what you know. I couldn’t agree more.
P.S. If you get the chance to vacation, I highly recommend the Sequoia National Park. Amazing!