Free time is rarely wasted.
If you enjoy what you do during your down time, then it can only be of benefit to you. But, as we have discussed earlier this week, we get caught up in other people’s agendas and ‘shoulds‘ and forget what truly makes us happy.
When someone asks me what I do with my free time, I usually quip that I don’t really have any. But the fact of the matter is that we do, you do, and I do, and we should make conscious and deliberate choices about how we spend the valuable coinage of time.
Making the most of our “free” time is about seeking what will serve us best. Sometimes its doing something rigorous to sweat away out demons, and because most of our jobs are too sedentary. Sometimes it is more quiet and restrictive so that we can recharge our batteries before getting back out into the world.
What do I do?
What I do depends a great deal on my mood.
I read a lot. I read for knowledge and leisure. I also listen to audiobooks. I did the entire series of “Game of Thrones” while commuting a few winters ago. I listen to non-fiction as well.
I watch movies and a little TV. I love murder mysteries like “Foyle’s War,” “Inspector Lewis,” and those that press me to think, or to look up references. Like what? Like historical facts, characters in Greek tragedies (e.g., Medea or Cressida), Latin phrases (e.g., nulli secundus), lines from Shakespearean plays, or poetry I have not heard before. Of course this means that it takes me 2 or 3 times as long to get done, but it is fun for me.
I listen to a great deal of music. Again, this is directed by the mood. I do what is generally referred to as R&B. This is loosely the soundtrack of my “youth”, 1930s (no, I wasn’t alive then) through the 2000s. I grew up in church, so I listen to a great deal of gospel. I also listen to reggae (spiritual and love), classical music, a rare C&W (e.g., Bonnie Raitt), jazz, classical music, and almost everything else in between.
I draw. I make messes, loosely called art.
I walk, and take pictures. I walk and think. I think a lot.
As my recovery continues, I hope to get back into more physical activities like Tai Chi and a little weight lifting. But, those are for much further down the road. I also have a few hobbies, like pottery, that have remained off the table for now, but I look forward to engaging them again.
And, of course, I write…