Did you know that those three simple words inadvertently kick started this whole thing?
This Thursday was stressful, to say the least. After getting home from work, I was laying in bed recovering from a headache that had managed to linger throughout the day, and talking to one of my friends over Whatsapp. We were both extolling the virtues of some much-needed down time and as fate would have it, the conversation turned to beer.
“I need a drink” — I jokingly replied.
“Lets get some” — he quickly retorted.
Instinctively I wanted to say no, and as I thought of this possibility, multiple pretexts began to flood my mind. Before I knew it, I was unconsciously preparing a monologue:
“I have a headache, though! Besides, it’s getting late, and I’m also really tired, and it’s only Thursday, so I have to wake up early to go to work tomorrow! Couldn’t we do this some other time?”
Curiously enough though, I was able to silence the habitual narrative and agreed to meet up at a nearby bar, where we continued our conversation and enjoyed the beers we so desperately craved at that point.
It was only after we called it a night and I was on my way back home that I thought about how this one small act of spontaneity had brought about such a fun time. More importantly however, I also reminisced about many other past opportunities I had been so quick to reject, and the experiences that I probably missed out on because of my fear of the unknown.
Was this really the price I was willing to pay, just for the sake of familiarity? This time the answer was no, and with that, I took it upon myself to do this more often, and to defy the tendency to close myself off from the world at large by doing the complete opposite: welcoming what comes my way with open arms.
It’s not a call for hedonism, or doing whatever you want without regarding your well-being as well as those of others, but being more receptive about what the world can offer you when you go with the flow.