I was just telling my daughter that I’m exhausted and moments later, I opened Facebook to find this at the very top of my news feed:
I am the type that needs down time. It seems so many people these days are driven by such a sense of urgency. They must be doing something at all times. Every waking hour of their days is filled with something to do. When did it become shameful to do nothing at all?
I sometimes think for a very brief moment that maybe it would be better if I worked five 8-hour days instead of four 10-hour days. It wouldn’t! I work from home and have no commute or need to get gussied up and then change into comfy clothes after work. I work in comfy clothes! That extra day off (today actually) is perfect for me. The nature of my job, however, often has me working 15-30 minutes past the time I should be clocking out. I also take a one-hour lunch break. So I spend nearly 12 hours each day in my office (yes, I come upstairs for lunch usually, but you get the picture). At the end of the day, I just want to fix a quick dinner and collapse in the family room to watch a couple shows before heading up to bed, catching 40 winks, and then getting up to repeat the whole thing all over again. 🙂
So four days per week, not much else gets done around the house. It’s still amazing how quickly crap piles up around here in those four days. Piles of “I’ll get to that later”, but later never seems to come … or later gets filled with other things to do. Some of those things are “need to do”, but just as many are “want to do”. We shouldn’t completely sacrifice those “want to do” things. Those are important to our mental health!
Though my husband lives with a sense of urgency himself, it was easy to persuade him to take a drive up to Estes Park last weekend. It was a spur-of-the-moment thing, and we didn’t leave early enough to spend a long time up there, but we were out. I enjoyed the drive, but I did feel a bit like Clark W. Griswold at the Grand Canyon. I enjoy just sitting and doing nothing. Of course there weren’t many people to watch (people watching is fun), and it was windy. Who knew doing nothing needed such careful planning. Next time, we need to leave earlier, pack a lunch, and find a spot to picnic and enjoy doing nothing.
On that note, I’m off to get ready for a meeting over coffee followed by errands, laundry, a little house cleaning, and photo processing. I can do all that in five hours, right?