I found this prompt on Plinky today, and decided to take a stab at it.
If I could do anything I want right now…what does that even mean? Off the bat a few things pop in my head, things I love but can’t afford (horseback riding), things I love but do all the time (reading, gaming), things I hate but would be a really great use of my time and save me a lot of stress later (laundry, grocery shopping), and of course the inevitable thoughts of what I definitely don’t want to do (go to work).
I realize that what I want to do is always viewed within certain constraints. What am I able to do physically, financially? What will my schedule allow? What do I need to get done in order to have a functional life? What am I obligated to do that other people are depending on me for (spouse, family members, pets, bosses, co-workers)?
What is the value of one activity over another activity? Would vacation rank so highly with all of its pIans and its expenses if work and daily life were not so stressful? Is one activity less valuable because I do it all the time, while another is more valuable because I rarely do it? Some activities require a lot of planning and preparation (vacation, group activities), while others don’t. For example, I can roll out of bed, skip my shower, stay in my pajamas, decide not to brush my hair, shove some cereal down my throat, grab a cup of coffee, and make my way directly to the couch, where I can then proceed to spend the day reading without ever encountering another person or lifting a finger to do anything but turn the page and occasionally drink some water and eat some food. (Yes, I know that was a run on, but that’s how those days are. They are a big simultaneous run on of nothingness and enjoyment.)
That’s a great lazy day, and I love those days. And that same example can demonstrate my next point. There is more than one aspect to any choice of activity.
Pros of a lazy day:
- I get to do something I love all day long
- Zero planning required
- Actually, Zero anything required except self and book
Cons of a lazy day:
- Loss of all social opportunities
- Creation of a backlog of tasks to be done (because I chose to do nothing all day)
So, today I have the day off. If I could do anything, what would it be? After all this deliberation I still have no idea. But one thing I do know is that with regard to this topic (and probably many more) I need to learn to think outside of the restraints of everyday life, even if it is just for fun. So what will I do today? Probably surf the web, go to the grocery store, do some laundry, read or game, but definitely think about what I would do if none of the things I have just mentioned existed or mattered. What would I do if I truly could do anything I wanted?
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