In My Free Time
TL;DR: My free time is mine.
Originally Written: 29-Oct-2021
Word Count: 456
Read Time: 2 minutes
It's one thing to say what you intend to do each day.
It's another thing to actually do what you intend to do each day.
Ever start off a day with good intentions, only for it to get derailed after a few minutes?
Ever end a day saying that tomorrow will be better, only for it to suck just as bad?
Ever notice time is just slipping by you the more you lean into 'tomorrow' as your solution?
The fact of the matter is that putting the brakes on a particular feeling, train of thought, or way of being is tough.
Frankly, it's downright frustrating having to unlearn anything.
But, then again, was it ever easy to learn in the first place?
Life's hardest lessons aren't learned during our moments of triumph, but in those of tedium.
We're all given the same 24 hours to work with, but how much of that time is actually spent on ourselves?
Sleeping doesn't count, that's to rest from the present day's toils.
Work doesn't count, that's time spent on what someone else wants of you.
Play doesn't count, that's a part of filling in the rest of the picture.
To some level we do all three, but do we ever look inward to see what lends ourselves to the trinity?
Now I'm not saying it's work, sleep, play, and then more.
I'm saying we need to do more when we work, more when we sleep, more when we play.
More in a way that refers to how one applies oneself to their experience.
Being more intentional with your actions means you are acting with intent.
The consequence to this is you will be seen as a person with intentions.
But, at the end of the day, everyone has intentions.
And to each their own.
But what I'm getting at here is that the time we want so desperately to work on what we care about is staring us in the face.
At all times.
It just takes some time to see it.
If we all have time to stare at screen for a majority of our days, then you bet we have time to stare into ourselves for a minute and see what's going on underneath to see what's ticking, if at all.
Doesn't matter what car you drive, every car needs a tune up.
The same goes for our perspectives, values, and beliefs.
Wouldn't you want to be the most effective you can be so you can maximize your potential?
Or would you prefer to burn out because you didn't take the time to recognize a problem early on?
It's okay to give up what no longer serves.
Including what we do in our 'free' time.
Where else does one find it?