Day 3

Pesky little things called “responsibilities” and “work” got in the way today, so my act of spontaneity was about as tame as it gets: I ate fruit.

I’d never tried papaya before, not because I’d avoided it but rather becauseI don’t know; I just haven’t, I guess. I must’ve walked right by it dozens of times while grocery shopping, but I never took notice of it until today.

I saw it and thought, “I’ve never tried papaya before.” Next thing I knew, it was in my cart. (In the interim, I googled how to tell if a papaya is ripe. Of course I did. I’m not an animal.)

When I got home, I tried it and was surprised that I’d gone this long without it as a regular staple. (Before that, I, of course, also googled how to cut a papaya.) Do I have a new favorite fruit? Maybe, but that’s not really my point. I know you’re riveted by my musings on produce, but my main takeaway from Day 3 is this: I have been missing out on something enjoyable because it didn’t fall into my regular routines, but by being more conscious of what I’m missing out on, I had the opportunity to correct that. So, yes, it’s just a papaya, but I count expanding my horizons by any measure a win.

Now, it’s worth mentioning that this only happened because I was wandering through the grocery store obsessing about what I could possibly do to be “spontaneous” today. Is it cheating if I spend much of the day thinking about what I can do to be “spontaneous”? Or is that the mindset I’m trying to develop? I’m not really sure, but let’s see what I come up with tomorrow.

Why am I eating papaya? Check out my “About” page for more information about The Spontaneity Project.

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