Definition three for QUIXOTIC at Dictionary.com is: impulsive and often rashly unpredictable. That is exactly the way I’ve felt the last few days. (Long story…)
Impulsive and unpredictable describe me well, too, but I LOVE the word QUIXOTIC. It didn’t come into being until after the publication of El ingenioso hidalgo don Quijote de la Mancha (The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quijote of La Mancha) by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra in 1605. And I can think of no one better to be compared to than Don Quixote!
You’ve most likely heard of him, the romantic, impractical hero of Cervantes’ satirical novel. He tilted with windmills thinking they were giants. He wore a barber’s bowl on his head and thought it was a golden helmet. He fell in love with a common tavern whore and his mind transformed her into Dulcinea, his fair lady. His niece, thinking him to be mad, confined him to his bed where he languished for lack of imagination, fantasy, and adventure.
The other two definitions at Dictionary.com could fit me equally as well, I think.
1. resembling or befitting Don Quixote
2. extravagantly chivalrous or romantic; visionary, impractical, or impracticable.
Truth is I’m all of these things. It just so happens that the last few days number three got the upper hand!
If you haven’t read the book, attended the Broadway play, or seen the movie with Peter O’Toole and Sophia Loren, I STRONGLY suggest you do so! The music is great, but the fantasy can be life-changing… Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go find a Golden Helmet of Mambrino for my head! Or I might go have some lunch. Or I could make the bed…