What to Do with All That Time
Millions long for immortality who don’t know what to do with themselves
on a rainy Sunday afternoon.
~novelist Susan Ertz
I don’t want immortality. Knowing there will be an end adds meaning to my life and makes me more responsible for my choices. I may feel sad when that end comes, but I hope I won’t have big regrets at the end of my life. I’m trying to live fully and generously now. I will leave no “I’m sorry” or “I love you” to the end.
Being bored can spur action and creativity, and a little down time is refreshing. I haven’t had time to be bored in years. Years ago, someone called to take a survey about television shows and was shocked to be told we didn’t have a television. “What do you do?!” she asked incredulously. I believe there is a place in my life for screens; I use computers and go to movies, but they are not the only things that occupy my time and I don’t rely on them to constantly entertain me.
Our time is an irreplaceable commodity. Knowing that helps us decide how to spend it to get the results we want. Rainy afternoons are great for a good book, conversation with a friend, cooking a new dish, or taking a nap. Warm, sunny days are perfect for walks and bike rides, working in the garden, and playing in the park with a grandchild. And there are so many other things to do! Let’s use our days well so that our choices reflect our deepest values. There is never enough time in a full life, but that’s what makes it so valuable and sweet.