I dropped my Bio class. I didn’t think about it much; I sort of just did it.
A little bit ago, I went on a date thing with a guy I asked out… without thinking much before calling him.
I got my nose pierced – didn’t think much about that.
Does this make me whimsical? When you really pay attention to that word, you have to connect it with the word whim, which completely alters the definition. I usually think of flowy dresses and fairies as whimsical, but that’s not so much what it means.
People who let whim guide their lives are whimsical.
And, okay, those kinds of people can be annoying.
It’s really difficult to plan when your life is intertwined with another person’s whimsical life, because whimsical people don’t care about plans very much. They’re unpredictable and can be inexplicable.
I don’t think that quite describes me, but I do think I follow my whims a ton. The question is: do I still manage to be reliable when I want to be?
Example: Church is not a whimsical setting for me. If I’m supposed to greet at church, I show up when I’m supposed to (or occasionally 5 minutes late) rather than when I feel like it.
Work is also not a whimsical setting for me.
On the other hand…
Home is whimsical. I want to come home when I feel like it, leave home when I feel like it, sleep when I feel like it, eat when I feel like it, etc… I don’t do well when things are expected of me without my consent.
But what if I’m that annoying person who ruins plans?
I remember last year at Comicon, I totally planned to go to Geek Prom. I paid $5 for a ticket, and then when the time came to actually go, I decided I didn’t want to, and instead ordered room service and went to sleep early.
Comicon is a whimsical setting to me.
Now, of course I was exhausted and that’s a huge part of why I didn’t want to go to Geek Prom, but it was also just whim.
That decision made roommate Amy pretty mad at me, and I can understand why… because I was that annoying person led by whim, when she wanted to go to Geek Prom with me.
But there has to be a place for whim in our lives, right?
Then, I think about how I’m constantly telling people that I’m 42% sure I will do whatever thing it is we’re considering doing together. I tell them that so they can measure the amount of whim they’ll need to account for, because
I know whimsical people can be annoying I know my whim and fancy chasing can be annoying… so I compensate by communicating my commitment level.
I’m running out of thoughts now, but I don’t think I’ve fully expressed it.
The absence of whim sucks!
You know I’m right.
I think the process of growing up (for most people) involves letting whims pass by.
But I think the process of growing wise, peaceful and relaxed after growing up (for most people) involves allowing whims to grip us occasionally.
What do you think? Is following the moment’s fancy a good habit? Is it annoying?