Small Joys of Spontaneity: The Case for Being an Impulsive Person

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Small Joys of Spontaneity: The Case for Being an Impulsive Person

Illustration: Arati Gujar

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little about me: My bank account is permanently empty, my hair is as short as I could possibly have it without looking like a prepubescent boy, and if I had my way, there’d be at least three more tattoos dotting my body. I end up spending a chunk of my salary the day I receive it, cut off eight inches of my hair whenever I’m bored, and head out at 2 am to satisfy my shawarma cravings. As you can probably tell, I’m an extremely impulsive person who sees no point in wasting 15 hours overthinking something.  Naturally, I’ve also been told by countless people that I should seek a “cure”.

But what exactly is “dangerous” about my personality and why is everyone so hell-bent on treating it? Sure, being impulsive isn’t going to win me the Nobel Prize and sometimes it gets me in trouble. But it’s also the reason why I’ve done very few things I regret.

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