Spontaneity

Spontaneous people seem so carefree. They welcome the unexpected. I have always wanted to be a more spontaneous person but struggle to do things on the spur of the moment.  So I am glad that I gave spontaneity a try the other evening and attended the New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks kickoff performance in Central Park without completing my normal list of what to bring, reminder texts to friends to attend and my giant picnic basket.

On the the day of the performance I was planning to attend an outdoor screening of the Oscar nominated movie,  The Life of Pi. I had brought my trusty beach chair with me to work so at the very least I did not have to sit on the ground. As I was getting the location of the venue from nycparks.com (a great resource for finding free and low cost fun events in the city) I noticed that the symphony was performing in Central Park that evening. How had I missed this? I figured I had a chair, why not go there instead? 

Welcome to living on the edge!

There are some great merits for living in the "Just Do It" moment and some drawbacks. The drawbacks were I did not have any snacks and was not able to sit on the Great Lawn. It was also dark when I arrived and I could not take any good photos. However, one of the great benefits of living in the moment is you don't give yourself time to change your mind. I just showed up, sat down and enjoyed the show. When you are attending an outdoor musical performance like the symphony you do not need a seat where you can view the stage. I also love people watching and checking out what other people have brought to the park. The family behind me had an array of delicious smelling spicy dishes that was making my mouth eater. The group of friends to my left were happy with a huge bag of chips to nibble. 

My brother was in town visiting and I knew he would not join me at a recreation center to see The Life of Pi. The symphony had a greater appeal and it did not take any coercion to get him and his friend Elizabeth to join me and they even brought Oreos. It was a great time to visit with them and our conversation was interesting and engaging. Elizabeth also had a better flash to capture some of the scenes the movies leave out about events in Central Park. 

The music and the crowd were invigorating and the fireworks at the conclusion of the show was fantastic. Performances like this one is what makes me love NYC and New Yorkers. I hope I have another opportunity to enjoy an unexpected evening with great people, world class entertainment and the backdrop of my favorite city on the planet.

 Michael and Elizabeth decided to do cool.  I struck a pose, vogue, vogue, vogue.

Michael and Elizabeth decided to do cool.  I struck a pose, vogue, vogue, vogue.

 There is still a lot to schlep when you have a spontaneous outing.

There is still a lot to schlep when you have a spontaneous outing.

 In the movies, you are whisked away in a cab after an evening under the stars.  In real life, not so much. The struggle is real.

In the movies, you are whisked away in a cab after an evening under the stars.  In real life, not so much. The struggle is real.