March 13th is coming up and with it one of the least celebrated holidays of the year: National Open an Umbrella Indoors day. Also noteworthy in the upcoming week are National Awkward Moments Day on Friday, and National Everything you Do is Right Day on Wednesday.
Sources from as early as 2003 in trendwatching.com, to more recent cases in the Wall Street Journal in February have shown an increase in spontaneous recreational behavior.
“TRENDWATCHING.COM has dubbed this trend of acting on a whim PLANNED SPONTANEITY: making spontaneous decisions to go somewhere or do something is becoming the norm; often the only thing consumers are willing to plan is to be… spontaneous!” according to trendwatching.com.
What could be easier to plan, or more seemingly spontaneous than to celebrate National Puppy Day on March 23 by renting a puppy or visiting your local pet store?
“All this planning may not be good for us, creatively or romantically. Last-minute decisions and the surprises that may stem from them, such as finding a new, even better, cafe with open tables, or watching a film you hadn’t planned to see, are joyful,” according to the Wall Street Journal.
One note of caution concerning spontaneous dates; “If it’s someone I don’t know very well, I like to be asked out ahead of time, and then the date itself can be a little more spontaneous. As long as they have something kind of planned and it’s not like ‘hey, what do you want to do?'” Giselle Burkey, a Senior at BYU-Idaho said.