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in spontaneity

Aug 3, 2020

Staying spontaneous in a pandemic

Terri asked:

I’m so glad we are addressing race in a way we never have before. But it’s the pandemic that leaves me feeling drained, overwhelmed and even depressed. I use to be so free and spontaneous. What can I do to get some of that old me back?

Terri, living in a pandemic demands that you pay attention to details. Everything must be planned and scheduled, effectively curbing any spontaneity that would normally bring a sense of freedom and happy attitudes to our days.

In a lot of ways, we’ve ground to a halt, and we’re feeling the chafe. We’re all looking for new ways to entertain ourselves, to keep us busy while maintaining our sanity. How can we bring spontaneity back into our everyday existence? Or at least, what can I do to make me feel like I’m indulging my need to be impulsive, instead of grabbing the keys and heading to somewhere nonessential? What could possibly be the upside of this COVID pandemic?

One thing COVID has taught me is to approach things differently; my outlook, my attitudes, my routines. That includes tweaking how we do spontaneous.

Can I see evidence of it around me? Actually, I can. I can see it every day reflected back at me in the beauty and comfort of my garden, my property, and inside my home.

The relaxing space I call home with its light-filled rooms and cheery colors, remind me that it was spontaneity, with a bit of planning and scheduling, was the driving force that created my surroundings. Instead of running out the door for an impromptu meet up with friends, I focused on improving my surroundings. Or tried a new recipe. Or added a bird feeder in the yard.

I’m viewing impulsivity in a new, creative way; a COVID way of living in the moment. Do yourself a favor, and stop looking for your life to go back to the way it was. And that’s plenty spontaneous for now.



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