Wednesday, May 25, 2016

My Work Here is ... Never Finished!

Is it a bad thing that I am perfectly happy doing nothing?
People ask me what I do now that I'm retired and I usually tell them that I just goof off.
...And that's pretty much the truth.

I've become a pretty non-productive member of society ... and I'm okay with that.
People say that they have to be doing something; that they'd be bored doing nothing.
Good for them! They should do something! Boredom stinks.

I really can't think of a time that I've thought to myself -- "I'm bored!"
If I think I'm getting bored, I find something un-boring to occupy my time. It isn't generally very productive. It might be a long walk or a long ride on the motorcycle. Both contribute nothing to society, both can be done alone and both seem to keep me sane and happy.

When I say that I could live life on a beach in Mexico (soon to be behind a wall), people say that they'd get tired of doing nothing everyday. I say -- "I'm up for the challenge!"
Let's see how many days (weeks, months, years) I can live life on the beach before I get tired of it!
I know that not every day will be spent entirely on the beach. I'll have to go to the market and fix meals on occasion. But I'm thinking that any day that starts with coffee and beach is going to be an okay kind of day.
A walk on the beach, a swim in the ocean, a stroll to the market -- all great ways to break up the boredom of doing nothing on the beach.

After all, if I'm okay with doing nothing in Southwest Missouri, I think I'll manage fine somewhere on a beach!
Oh yeah, sometimes when it looks like I'm doing nothing, I'm really on the internet looking at available beach properties. That is another unproductive activity that sometimes occupies my time.

Today, I actually have something to do! I have to finish up some outlines for a camp I'm doing in June. I also have a Springfield Cardinal's game to go to tonight. Tomorrow I have an Association meeting to attend, Friday a friend's business opening to celebrate, Saturday evening dinner with friends -- Geez! When am I going to have time to do nothing?

Of course, none of those things is really great in its contribution to society. I guess it still kind of counts as doing nothing.
Don't kid yourself -- doing nothing is a lot of work! Sometimes I do so much nothing that I have to rest. One of the problems with doing nothing is that you're never really finished! There is always more nothing to be done!

Well, I guess I'd better get busy.
Enjoy your day.
I'll be busy doing nothing!

John <><

1 comment:

Mike said...

"Is it a bad thing that I am perfectly happy doing nothing?"

Absolutely, positively, NOT!