Sometimes it’s good to be spontaneous and just do things without planning them.

For instance, the other Saturday, my wife and I got up, throw out our plans for the day and drove to Stonehenge to meet an American!

You see, my wife is a writer and her pen name is Janet McMeekin (check out her website here) which was also her maiden name. For some years she’s been in touch with Janet MacMeekin of New York, who also writes (her website is here – I should be charging them for these links!). My Janet had received an email that morning saying that American Janet was in the UK and was visiting Stonehenge with her daughter (it’s one of those places Americans have to go to). So, we jumped in the car and headed 80 miles northwest to Salisbury Plain. Stonehenge boasts a superb new visitor centre and we sat and chatted over coffee. I’m pleased to report that the two Janets got on as if they were long-lost relatives (which they may well be).

It wasn’t planned and it was all the better for it. We’d no expectations of how the day was to pan out but, as it turned out, we both thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

It is so easy to fall into the traps of routine and planning, so it’s important to break out occasionally do something on the spur of the moment. Here are just some ideas to get you thinking:

  • Drop in unannounced on a friend or relative.

Head off into the countryside with no destination in mind.

Go out for breakfast at a local cafe.

Take a boat or a plane wherever you can get a ticket for.

Have a clear-out of your house, garden or garage.

It doesn’t really matter what you do – just do it!


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