On Unexpectedness & Spontaneity
Tonight, I had the wonderful pleasure of getting to attend some very good friend’s housewarming party (despite it being nearly 4 months since they’ve moved in). It was scheduled to be a typical drop-in, drop-out sort of affair, complete with to-die-for finger foods.
Well, we certainly dropped in at the start of the party (9:00PM), but however found ourselves leaving the newly (very) warmed apartment at approximately 2:00AM. With finals and side projects and just life in general on all of our radars, it was basically understood that we’d go, mingle, chat, and leave promptly an hour or so later. Obviously this wasn’t the case, and so we should all be feeling pretty badly about ourselves right? We should feel irresponsible and silly for staying up so late talking about the past and our futures?
To anyone who would say that, I say you’re wrong.
Sure, tonight was one of the most unplanned nights I’ve had in the past 3 years, but it was also one of the best. You see, after all of the intense reminiscing that went on tonight, I quickly came to the realization that there is a direct correlation between the planned structure of an event vs. the fun of the event. Namely, the more planned an event is, less fun it is. Obviously, this is far from being the case 100% of the time, but from personal experience, it’s just flat out true.
Basically, tonight I realized that it’s perfectly
healthy necessary to have some spontaneity in one’s life. You never know what you can get into until it’s happening! Even if it’s something as seemingly mundane as just catching up and discussing potential (and certain) futures, it can be incredibly rewarding and uplifting. Just being our normal weird selves (now that’s an oxymoron) was so emotionally freeing, and reminded me of why i love each and every one of them.
Tonight was one for the books. And I can’t necessarily explain why. And I don’t have to, ‘cause it was all out of unplanned happiness — the best kind, if you ask me.
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.
UGH. I know I’ve already tweeted about this, but this 80s radio is KILLING IT tonight.
Had a mini-photoshoot with my computer and workspace earlier today. I love being able to work on top of this old unfinished door, bedoodled and drawn upon by my friends my sophomore year. Not a day goes by without me noticing a small slice of it and being thrown back to memories.
Everyday I’m inspired by all of them, each in their own way.
Got to take a pretty remarkable hike today with some of my best friends at Busiek State Park in Missouri. It’s only a short drive from Springfield, and we picked the absolute most perfect day to go: the weather was perfect, the leaves were perfect, and what more could you ask for?
This was probably one of the most exhaustive hikes I’ve ever completed, with some of the most rough and rugged terrain at certain parts. But after seeing horse riders, runners, and cyclists complete it all with ease, I know I’m just a total wimp.
Amongst all of the leaves, sunshine, and plentiful piles of horse poop (but really though), my friends and I (already pretty much the artsy/weird bunch to start with) were able to share a few ‘what are you doing after graduation’ talks, interspersed with a lot of instagramming, and finished off with a more than hour long discussion. Made up of only speaking in British/Australian accents, and about a wide variety of weird, mostly made up subjects regarding these international cultures. If all that sounds confusing, don’t worry about it, ‘cause I’m pretty sure we’re the only ones able to understand.
There aren’t many other ways I’d rather spend an autumn Sunday: friends, fun, and photography!
Spent some time tonight experimenting with some self-portraiture…the top is a total screw up, but I thought it looked cool, and the bottom is one I really like as well. Experimentation in any medium of art is so important, in my opinion — it prevents anyone from becoming too creatively stagnant.
These past few days, I had the absolute pleasure of being able to take a road trip with some friends to Nashville, TN to see even more friends. It was an immensely packed fall break, but completely worth the memories earned. It was my first time exploring Nashville, and I’m glad to have had very capable and kind friends to show us around, take us to some of the finest, most unique eateries around, and most of all, provide a place to stay (complete with ample N64 Mario Kart/Party sessions).
Of course, with new destinations and views at hand, I was also incredibly glad to have my camera with me to capture it all. From Downtown, to Arrington Vineyards, to Belmont University, and all of the other cool nooks and crannies of Nashville, we were able to take in a lot for only being there 3 days. And best of all, there is so much left unexplored — a perfect excuse to return as soon as possible!
So yeah, go ahead and be jealous of my fall break, and more importantly, my friends, cause you totally should be.