Spontaneous — of your own accord.
Why be spontaneous?
To me, I believe to live spontaneously is a superior mode of living.
When you’re living more spontaneously, you’re living more authentically, which means you’re living a life more true to yourself. This means you’re living your own life according to your own table of values, according to your own rules, and according to your own beliefs. This means you’re innovating — by becoming more you instead of becoming someone else.
Furthermore, being spontaneous is more fun, less stressful, and a more enjoyable mode of living!
Why is modern society so anti-spontaneity?
Modern society wants you to be predictable, regular, and wants you to follow the rules. I believe that ultimately, society is anti-individual. Society favors the collective, whereas individualism/philosophy favors the individual. The best way to become more of an individual or to become more spontaneous is to “unlearn” societal norms and beliefs, and in some ways — decide to REJECT mass culture, mass value systems, and almost anything related to the herd.
Consider if you’re a school teacher, of course you don’t want your kids acting spontaneously. If you’re a business or company, you don’t want your employees spontaneously leaving work. Modern society runs by the clock, by regularity, and we are all slaves to it.
Thus, from an early age, we are socialized into believing that spontaneity is bad, undesirable, “unprofessional”, and inferior to being “structured”, “professional”, “prompt”, and “planned/scheduled.”
But I genuinely believe that if you desire to thrive as an individual and artist, you must declare for yourself:
Spontaneity is my super power — I will never allow anyone else to tell me otherwise, or force me to believe otherwise.
How to become more spontaneous
- Never plan a thing a day in advance, besides travels and other necessities.
- Treat everyday as a blank slate (carte blanche).
- Every moment in the day, always change your actions based on your mood, energy levels, or personal interest or desires.
- Follow your gut over your brain.
- Don’t moralize your actions or thinking as good or bad. Simply listen to yourself, and don’t overthink it.
- Know that your actions only accord for yourself. Do what’s best for you, not what’s best for others.
- Be bold and audacious enough to create your own new tables of values and virtues for yourself. Consume the ideas of others you admire, but ultimately decide what is best for yourself!