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When was the last time you were whimsical?

April 20, 2023

Whimsy is the theme for this month’s ‘Tell Us About….’ a newish link up hosted by some lovely ladies from all over the world. You can see who they are at the end of the post and perhaps check out what they have written about ‘whimsy’.

Perhaps whimsy is donning a colourful scarf to an outfit, taking off for the day to explore, doing something that is out of your comfort zone and fun, trying new food, a new hairstyle, new fashion -without overthinking it. My friend, Debbie from Deb’s World inspires me constantly as she is very good at adding Whimsy to her life.

The word whimsical came to mind and it made me stop and think. When was I last whimsical? When did I do something fanciful or on a whim?

I’m not really one to do things spontaneously, on a whim – maybe that is the Virgo coming out in me. I’m a list girl, a goal girl, an everything in it’s place girl. I’m not one to do ‘spur of the moment’ things and this prompt ‘whimsy’ has made me realise I need to change that!

Life is too short not to live every moment and being whimsical, acting on a whim is certainly doing that.

Sue – Women Living Well After 50

‘Whimsy’ is a strange word isn’t it?

The Merriam-Webster dictionary gives the meaning as:

1

WHIMCAPRICE

2

the quality or state of being whimsical or fanciful

the designer’s new line showed a touch of whimsy

3

a fanciful or fantastic device, object, or creation especially in writing or art

Where did the word come from?

Again, Merriam-Webster explains:

Whimsical and the related nouns whim and whimsy all ultimately derive from whim-wham, a noun from the early 16th century that originally referred to an ornamental object or trinket. Later whim-wham, with its fun sound, came to refer to a fantastic notion or odd fancy. The word’s origin isn’t clear, but it’s worth noting that the similar-sounding flimflam had, in its earliest use, a similar meaning referring to an odd or nonsensical idea or tale. Whim naturally came about as a shortened form of whim-wham, and whimsy and whimsical eventually followed. Whimsical now describes more than just decisions made impulsively, but things resulting from an unrestrained imagination, as in “whimsical children’s book characters.”

The health benefits of being ‘whimsical’

  • keeps you out of a rut
  • brings fun and excitement to life
  • encourages you to try new things and step out of your comfort zone

What have I done lately that was whimsical?

We haven’t travelled overseas since pre-COVID, although we spent a glorious three weeks in Tasmania in October. In the past we have been restricted to travel around our responsibilites however, now life is different and we are more flexible with our time. It was great to be able to make some travel bookings on the spur of the moment to take advantage of some travel deals.

We had booked two cruises on a whim in January – one a cruise to Papua New Guinea in June and another River Cruise from Amsterdam to Basel with pre-visit in Amsterdam and post in Milan, Italy for November. Last week, again on a whim we booked a Cruise out of Southampton, UK to Norway and Iceland for June 2024. We will combine this with a visit to England and Scotland.

Children are great examples of being ‘whimsical’

Spending time with my grandsons is always a lesson in letting go of the day-to-day responsibilities and enjoying the moment. I remember walking my grandson to school and along the way and his younger brother was stopping to pick dandelions and blow them to make a wish.

When was the last time you were ‘whimsical’? I’d love to hear what you did.

Sue Loncaric

The hosts of ‘Tell Us About’ are:

Women Living Well After 50

Living Life Your Way

16 Comments

  • Reply Suzanne@PictureRetirement April 20, 2023 at 06:56

    Sue, I think of whimsical as being spontaneous, and maybe a bit impulsive as I was this past week when I had my hair cut short, very short. It was one of those days when I felt I needed a ‘lift’, and what better way than a haircut. I probably won’t be showing it on the blog for a while. Some impulses don’t always have the best outcome. Still, I’m glad I did it.

    Booking cruises on a whim is always a good idea. Your plans sound wonderful.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 21, 2023 at 12:25

      Oh good for you getting a new ‘look’ Suzanne. I’m sure you look lovely and I actually did the same thing last week, although not short,short but a good tidy up. Sometimes acting on a whim works and other times it doesn’t but at least we are living life and not wondering ‘what if’. xx

  • Reply Janine April 20, 2023 at 09:31

    I love the origin of the word whimsical: whim-wham. I can just imagine 16th century ladies asking ‘where did you get that whim-wham?’, when visiting their friends house and observing an interesting object d’art.
    I’m a Virgo too and find it quite hard to be whimsical. I tend to associate the word too much with silly, which isn’t a far comparison. I’m due a hair cut so maybe I shall go for a more whimsical style 😃

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 21, 2023 at 12:26

      I do too, Janine ‘whim-wham’ I’m laughing reading your comment. Go for a new look, your hair will always grow back if you don’t like it xx

  • Reply leannelc April 20, 2023 at 13:09

    I just love the word “whimsy” and use it a lot when I think about my collaging. I’m not really a whimsical person by nature, but I do love incorporating into my life when I can. And you’re right Sue – children can certainly teach us about how to be more carefree.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 21, 2023 at 12:27

      I love the word too, Leanne it is a bit like ‘frivolous’ you don’t really need it but sometimes it gives you a lift. x

  • Reply Gail Is This Mutton April 20, 2023 at 16:27

    I love how you and Deb have embraced whimsy as something that can be applied to everyday life. I was thinking of it as a type of behaviour, but the definition supports your interpretation. I’m also not very spontaneous. I plan everything to the 9th degree and rarely do anything spontaneous, so that’s a new goal!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 21, 2023 at 12:28

      Hi Gail, I wasn’t sure how to approach the prompt as I really am not very spontaneous. The prompt made me think and I hope I can link up each week with you. x

  • Reply Lydia C. Lee April 20, 2023 at 16:55

    I’m feeling I haven’t done anything whimsical for a long time…but maybe that’s not true. As I said to deb, maybe grandkids is how we tap into it again. Funny, I hadn’t thought of on a whim and whimsical being related. I do tonnes of stuff on a whim…but that’s usually cos I decide I need a pick me up or I see a cool ad for something (exhibition/place) and am too impatient to wait.,,

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 21, 2023 at 12:29

      I think you are ‘whimsical’ Lydia especially with all the music events you attend. I always look forward to reading your posts of your adventures. x

  • Reply Debbie April 20, 2023 at 18:11

    It’s great to see you joining up for Tell Us About Sue and you’ve written a delightful post on whimsy! Your travel plans are very exciting and you will enjoy the anticipation I’m sure.

    Thanks for the shoutout and mention, you are such a great cheerleader! I’ll keep you posted on the next prompt as it comes out.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 21, 2023 at 12:33

      Hi Deb, thanks for encouraging me to join up and I’m hoping to write something each week. xx

  • Reply OnceUponaTimeHappilyEverAfter.com April 21, 2023 at 00:33

    I think it is hard for adults to be whimsical because we think of the consequences of our whims or impulsiveness. As a grandmother, I am happy to report, I am much more whimsical than I was as a mom. That makes me sad for my daughters and happy for my grandchildren. But there was no time to be whimsical when you are barely making ends meet, an only parent working more than 2 jobs.

    So excited for your travel plans. Once we get PC’s surgery and recovery behind us and rebuild our savings a bit, I hope we can plan a trip to England-Ireland-Scotland. And would love to take a first cruise…anywhere…but thinking maybe Alaska. Loved Jo’s pictures from her recent cruise.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 21, 2023 at 12:35

      You are so right, Leslie – we stop ourselves from being whimsical and that is sad. I’m sure you would love the Alaskan cruise which we did a couple of years ago. I hope PC’s surgery goes well and then you can be up, up and away! xx

  • Reply Michelle April 25, 2023 at 00:28

    Your trips are great examples of whimsy! And they sound like so much fun. I tend do be somewhat of a planner too, but since I met my husband who is really laid back, I’ve been working to be comfortable with spontaneity. For me being spontaneous is whimsical. LOL! Fun to know some of the origin of the word. Awesome that you could join us this month!

    Michelle
    https://followingmymuse.space

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 26, 2023 at 10:47

      Hi Michelle, lovely to meet you and I hope to join in regularly. Being spontaneous is whimsical and I’m trying to be more ‘spur of the moment’ when I can x

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