Let’s Go Crazy: Acting On Impulse

I just realized I am very vanilla and super cautious.  OK, OK, I didn’t just realize it, but the thought actually stung a little.  Have I ever done anything on impulse?  Have I ever just jumped in with both feet without thinking?  Spontaneity?  Recklessness?   Hmmmm. No not really.   Don’t get me wrong I have acted silly on occasion but now without a certain safety in knowing I wasn’t making a complete fool of myself alone OR that my dignity would still be in tact when I was done.

When acting on impulse your dignity or safety may not be the only things on the line.  Your livelihood, love life, family happiness, friendships and a whole host of other things could be affected without us realizing it.  I know it’s not fun to think of every possible consequence all the time, but that’s how my brain works.  BUT that doesn’t mean I haven’t thought about just. . . letting. . . go.

photo credit: USFWS Pacific via photopin cc

photo credit: USFWS Pacific via photopin cc

I’ve thought very seriously about falling off the map.  Disappearing.  Ever have one of those epochs in your life where you just want to erase it all, grab your family and go someplace where absolutely no one knows you and start over.  Forget hurricanes, forget big scary bugs, forget stupid jerks that are making your life miserable.  Just go to some remote island and live in a shack.  Grow your own food.  Maybe teach English to the natives as a source of income.  Become a fisherman.  Swim with the dolphins.  Just be.

If I were going to “go crazy” that’s where you’d find me. . . or not.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done or thought of doing?

Daily Prompt: Let’s Go Crazy

27 comments for “Let’s Go Crazy: Acting On Impulse

  1. March 8, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    I definitely do not make decisions without thinking it through at least not big decisions. Even changing my hair takes me a while to decide.

    • March 9, 2014 at 5:41 pm

      I’ve got to say that I have changed my hair on impulse a time or two. . . or three. There are other times I’ve gone through website after website and magazine after magazine and end up doing nothing. Right after I got married on a whim I had my mom chop my hair all off. It was down to the middle of my back and I had her cut it short, short. Actually I didn’t like how it ended up and took the clippers to it myself later :-O. Nobody recognized me for a while.

  2. March 8, 2014 at 11:08 pm

    I’ve wanted to do this 🙂 but, I don’t think I could.

  3. March 8, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    I’ve only ever done one crazy thing … getting married 7 weeks after getting engaged!

  4. March 8, 2014 at 11:44 pm

    I have toyed with the idea of ziplining even though I’m horribly afraid of heights.

    • March 9, 2014 at 5:34 pm

      You should ask Paula from Frosted Fingers about that. She’s done that 3 times!

  5. March 9, 2014 at 12:00 am

    I’d love to just let go. I keep saying we are going to move to the middle of nowhere. I don’t like dealing with people.

    I have ziplined 3 times. I love it.

    • March 9, 2014 at 5:33 pm

      I’ve always wanted to at least try ziplining once in my life to say I did it.

  6. March 9, 2014 at 12:12 am

    Drove from RI to FL on a whim.

    • March 9, 2014 at 5:30 pm

      Was it in the winter? I can totally understand doing that when it’s crappy outside.

  7. March 9, 2014 at 11:51 am

    I am a person who doesn’t take a ton of risks, hahaha I over analyze everything!

  8. March 9, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    The craziest thing I’ve ever thought about doing was packing a bag and just picking a destination!

  9. March 9, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    I definitely do not make decisions without thinking every detail through. I go so much as to ask my fiance to help me make decisions.

  10. March 9, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    Years ago we went to a firefighters convention and ran off to the Florida Keys. I called work and told them we had a flat tire and had to go to K-mart and by the boys clothes and toothbrushes. it was fun!

  11. Ty
    March 9, 2014 at 11:17 pm

    I’ve always wanted to sell everything and travel around the world. I’m tired of being locked down to one location as I bore easily.

  12. March 10, 2014 at 1:33 am

    Deciding to take my boys on a 50 day road trip last summer was pretty crazy for me. Of course, not as crazy as the 70 day one we are doing this summer.

    • March 10, 2014 at 10:13 am

      You survived last year and must have enjoyed it. They’ll have those memories forever.

  13. March 10, 2014 at 1:42 am

    Hmm, I must be really boring because I don’t even have thoughts of doing crazy stuff 😛

  14. March 10, 2014 at 8:25 am

    I don’t think I’m too impulsive, but I am adventurous. I try to balance that with making good choices. 🙂

  15. March 21, 2014 at 11:23 am

    I’m not one to do things without giving it lots of thought and consideration. I live by schedules, lists and calendars. I’m not sure I could live any other way.

  16. March 24, 2015 at 11:10 am

    I think about this often. I am always like “Hey let’s get in the car and just see where we end up.” Last summer we actually did a version of this and as a result, I saw the Grand Canyon.

    Sometimes, it is ok to live a life of organized chaos?

    • March 24, 2015 at 2:27 pm

      What an incredible trip you must have had! Sometimes I feel like my life is organized chaos. . . minus the organized :S!

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