"The fun stuff comes when someone is not so strict on sticking to the script. You're allowed the spontaneity, and great moments can happen." Jennifer Aniston was quoted saying this in an interview in which she discussed how the golden moments of acting are brought out.
I think this quote has a much deeper meaning than how a director can get the most out of his actors. I think it's a brilliant metaphor with a necessary calling as to how we should embrace life. Recently, I have found myself in a Squidward-moving-to-Squidville-esque rut (If you don't know what I'm referencing, 1. go watch all of Spongebob 2. the following video will help you understand what I am getting at).
My inner-Squidward has been brought out, as I notice myself caught going through the motions of everyday life. I found myself struggling to feel "whole," like I am doing productive things. At the end of the day, there was one significant change I made in my life that led me to feeling happier on a daily basis.
Now, before I get into this, there is a disclaimer. This is by no way me saying that I have the golden ticket to life's happiness. I do not claim that this will be a pathway to a perfect life for everyone. I simply want to share with you all what I did to be happier.
And what I did is simple. I did what I want. I know that sounds cliché, but clichés are clichés for a reason. It's simple, truly. If I wanted to go fishing, I called up buddy and went fishing. If I wanted to read up on a random event in history, I did. If I wanted to get a hot dog, I went out and got a hot dog. I even splurged and bought Cubs tickets the day before a game. Spontaneity is key in life. Doing the little things that I normally would not do allowed me to expand the reaches of my experiences. Life is but a measure of our experiences, so why pass up on any? Some of the littlest things, the smallest of decisions, the simplest of plans, can blossom into life's greatest memories. So, friends, this is me encouraging you to go the next time you're invited to dinner or a movie, the next time your friends ask you to go jump off of a cliff into a swimming hole, take that leap! Spontaneous events are those which bear the most potential towards great experiences.