The day started out wonderfully with a “Saturday Sitdown” at our local Farmer’s Market. We sat, we drank coffee, we chatted with friends old and new. Something really cool happened that morning—at our first “official” Saturday Sitdown (though we have casually been having them for a while), people saw us sitting there and came over to chat. We talked about many things that morning. And it wasn’t one of those forced conversations with awkward pauses and stilted ideas which often happens when perfect strangers sit down and discuss things together.
Our plan was to just go home afterward—maybe do the classic Saturday laundry and lawn mow. There’s a delicate balance of getting the tasks done that are impossible to do during the weekly grind and feeling like you haven’t wasted the day. After all, we only get two days of the week where the time is strictly our own. Sometimes we are torn between going out and making memories and going home and having a nap. Sometimes we do one or the other and sometimes we do both.
We had been talking of the Marwayne trestle train bridge that we wanted to see, and someone said, “we should go today!” There was a slight pause in conversation, as we all ran through our mental lists of the reasons why we couldn’t. But something trumped those lists that sunny Saturday.
It is important to note that for real adventure to be successful, it must be more than three adult women denying their responsibilities and dodging reality for the day. If that’s the case, then you are never truly in the moment because you are so busy thinking about everything that’s waiting for you when you get back. For something to feel spontaneous and be of help to your soul, you must be immersed in the moment. If you can learn how to do that, then you will have space to give your tasks that need doing your full mental attention when you pull into the driveway.
The road was calling us. Our laundry could wait. Long grass in the yard never killed anyone. The dishes couldn’t get any dirtier. And even if we didn’t have those clothes to wash, or the lawn to mow, or the dishes to do, something will always rise to take its place. It’s important in life to be a steward of your time (both Prairie Sisters are firm believers in time blocking)—but it’s also important in life to understand that the time you’ve blocked is not set in stone. Do your tasks, and do them well, but don’t lose sight of spontaneity. (We like to do what we call “spontaneous planning”).
We hit the road for the afternoon. Ate some car wash chicken, saw some sights and enjoyed an out of town drive. All we needed was a full tank of gas, clear minds and a beautiful spring sky. And the day that almost wasn’t, was. And it was perfect.