This is conceptual art piece by Christo and Jeanne-Claude. They scattered yellow umbrellas along the California plains. Why did they do this? To make the country look more beautiful? Perhaps. When it comes down to it though, there was no reason. It was art. It was making the world a more magical place.
This is one of my favourite TED lectures – it’s Charlie Todd talking about Improv Everywhere (well worth a watch, if you have a few minutes to spare). In this wonderful speech, Charlie divulges the humourous history of the group and their mischievous shenanigans, including the No Pants subway ride, the invasion of Best Buy and someone giving out high 5’s. All of the projects don’t have a reason. They aren’t there to make money. They just try to make people smile. And because dancing like an idiot is fantastic fun.
I’m fully aware that this is fictional, but it’s a profound example of going with how you feel in the moment. Pure and simple, running because ‘I just felt like running’. For me it’s got endless inspirepower. The picture I’m trying to paint is just because something doesn’t have an objective, doesn’t mean it’s not achieving anything. Some things are just out there to capture your imagination, or your heart, and you should let them. Don’t waste time with ‘why’. Just find something you just feel like doing, enjoy it, share it, bask in its sunshiney glow. You can figure out why later.