(Picture: Santa Cruz, California by Kyla Alexandre)
This is an article I never thought I would be writing, ever. I am a person who likes being in her little safety net and staying in her box of minimal change and lots of comfort. This post is something that I am not just writing for my audience, but I am writing it for myself, too. This is my reminder to myself to let impulse and spontaneity take over sometimes. I guess you could say that this article is a part two to my how to be spontaneous article.
From my perspective, the act of being impulsive is what connects to being spontaneous. We get that sudden drive to be impulsive and we allow that drive to steer us in whichever direction the impulse wants to go. Sometimes it is important to let that impulse take over the steering wheel and gas pedal, of course, you want to make sure that impulse doesn’t take too much control and put you at risk. Allowing the acts of impulse to give way to new direction and new opportunities allow you to open up and see new things. Impulse allows you to experience something, that could be life changing, that you may have not been able to experience in your constant state of constants.
Something that I have learned is that you need to surround yourself with people who will push you to step a little bit out of your comfort zone. This will allow you to experience something brand new and allow you to see it with someone whose company you enjoy. Being impulsive with someone makes the whole thing a little less scary.
Just recently, I had an urge of impulse, and I acted on it the next day. I saw a picture on Pinterest (where else would I get impulse inspiration from) of a medium length haircut with really choppy layers and I thought to myself “I think that could work well with me,” so the next day I went to the hair salon and got the haircut. I absolutely love it. I have a sudden boost of confidence and my head feels about 20 pounds lighter (I have a lot of hair compared to the average individual, like a lot of hair). It is something that I absolutely adore and I am so happy I did it. I know a haircut doesn’t sound too crazy in the impulse area, but I am someone who plans everything I have control over. This was something very out of the ordinary for me, so it was a small leap of faith, so I can let myself dip my toe in the water and go deeper and deeper into the water.