Our wheels were rolling west as Megan and I drove closer to our destination, Bodega Bay.
When the sun caught up with us Friday night, we were ready. Our old Toyota Landcruiser was backed up to the surf, tailgate down with an assortment of take-out, wine, blankets, couch cushions and music.
It was perfect.
The best part. It wasn’t planned.
I’m a planner. You know, a list maker. Do you know any of those? Ya, me too. They can be annoying.
No or maybe later is the default reaction to spontaneous thought or request when you’re like me. I’ve become the person who gets giddy when I cross items off my daily to-do list. Being a planner is fine, but without noticing, it’s taken over the majority of my personality in the last ten years.
The me I like being around most is the one who finds joy in simple daily adventures. I’m tired of getting caught up in the busyness of life without slowing down to pursue the small moments that matter.
My second date with Megan was over 18 years ago. It was a Thursday at 8 am when I pulled up in front of her house. When she answered the door, I said, “I have an idea, you should call in sick. We can play hooky and spend our day at the coast”.
She said yes.
Without even knowing, it was probably a test, to see if we think the same way.
So, when Megan walked up to my desk Friday afternoon and said “I have an idea”, I didn’t know what was coming. But I knew I was in. My laptop was closing, and we were heading out for an adventure.
It’s OK to plan, I just need to keep last minute and unpredictable front and center. Because without a doubt, that’s where I make all my best memories.
Sometimes the very best part of a plan is changing it last minute.
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