Often, the most beautiful things in life are unexpected. While it’s great when everything goes to plan, the best things are the twists and turns, the spontaneous road trips and the nights gone wrong that end up being a beautiful mess.
Yesterday, I had my whole Saturday planned out perfectly: I would work on a few things, finish my book and still manage to squeeze in a work out. This is usually what my weekends look like, plus some pool lounging and drinks with friends of course.
But yesterday, I felt like I needed something different – a jolt in a new direction and a change of scenery. With less than a moment’s thought, I packed a bag and hopped in the car to drive up north to cottage country.
This little mini-trip (it totaled just 11 hours to be exact!) turned out to be exactly what I needed. It left me feeling refreshed, recharged and totally inspired.
Part of why it was so refreshing was the beautiful natural setting with the lake water, trees and rocky shores. Nature really has a way of relaxing me and realigning my perspective so I can remember what truly matters.
But the trip also got me thinking about the benefits of going with the flow and being spontaneous once in a while. Without little bursts of unexpected beauty and joy, life can become rigid, regimented and uninspired very quickly.
So the next time you’re feeling stagnant, uninspired or just plain bored with your routine, just pack a bag and go! The more you resist your primal urge to get out and explore nature without being bound to your cellphone, laptop or responsibilities, the less productive you’ll become (I think this especially applies to any introverted, creative types who crave inspiration from things like nature, solitude or a good book).
So allow yourself this simple pleasure: go with the flow! Every so often, break free from the bonds you impose on yourself and do something spontaneous. It’ll ultimately set you up for even greater success in the future and a super balanced, healthy mindset.
How do you go with the flow? Have you done anything spontaneous lately? Let me know in the comments below!