All Those Other Things You Could Be Doing Right Now
Thanks for tuning in despite the many options available to you.
I honestly appreciate it.
Being off from work this week has got me thinking about how fortunate I am to have so many possible things to do. Watching Netflix, blogging, emailing friends and going to the gym are just some of what I get up to in my free time. That’s not to mention the possibilities I fob off and the rest of the (probably) cool options which I haven’t even heard about before.
You see, to do lists are getting longer. This is even to the extent of the list of leisure activities we can embark on on any given day. FOMO (fear of missing out) has become all too common and so, saying yes to a multitude of activities and trying to squeeze mountains of them into twenty four hours is becoming a sort of epidemic.
I spent six hours of my Monday watching the Gilmore Girls on Netflix. I’m not ashamed to say that because I am dying to get to the end and find out who ends up with who. Plus, I have serious issues with leaving anything un-finished – especially a TV series everyone seems to have watched already. While watching the series, a sense of anxiety crept over me. This happened on say, the second hour (about 1/6 into my binge). I knew I needed to go to the gym, my house needed tidying and there are so many friends that I could do with catching up with. So while watching the show (and yes, I carried on watching it), I kept thinking about all the other things I could be doing. When it came to bed time, I highlighted to my boyfriend that in fact, I was a waster as I knew that there were other tasks to do and yet, I carried on ignoring them.
Waking up fresh-headed today, I can honestly say I needed to get over myself.
Procrastination happens to everyone. One of my very first blog posts in fact was about this popular topic and the points I made still ring true for me today. We can do anything we want but we can’t do everything. To say this about a Netflix series might seem silly but well, why not?
If you want to watch endless hours of TV, do it.
If you would rather sit and eat MnMs and forget your gym membership for the day? Grand.
Those friends you’re missing? Send them a text when your heart is in it. Remember, you can’t pour from an empty vessel.
If there’s a niggling feeling that you need to clean you kitchen? Go do it. Or maybe don’t? The point is to enjoy doing whatever you’re doing in the moment and not feel guilty, wish you’re somewhere else or regret it after.
You only get one life. Relax, do what makes you happy and if you like, spend a bunch of your time on being naughty.