Perhaps you’ve seen this quote posted on Pinterest, or maybe on a friend’s Facebook wall. I’m certainly aware of my “time sucks,” but I doubt I could make a living watching shameful reality TV or surfing the Web.
But in all seriousness, after I saw this quote several times in several different places, it got me thinking. Beyond enjoying the company of my husband and kids, how do I enjoy using my time?
- I love a good book. I always have at least two going at the same time. If I was on a deserted island, my Kindle would for sure be one of the items I’d need.
- I love to write. Whether blogging or freelancing or drafting something for work, I embrace the challenge of taking a blank page and creating something worth reading. I don’t always succeed, but I try.
- I love flipping through magazines, or reading online web stories. I’m so glad I was born into an era where there is information overload. I can lose myself for hours learning about new trends, inspirational individuals or random facts.
- I love to ask questions. I don’t necessarily enjoy the spotlight, but I am enamored with other people’s stories. How did they find their passions? How did they grow up? How did the meet their spouse? Where do they like to travel? What makes them tick? What do they value? How do they raise their kids? With so much diversity in our world, people fascinate me. I want to learn about them, if they’ll allow me to dig.
- I love the outdoors. Whether it’s walking the dog, planting flowers, going for a run, sitting at the beach, I crave the sunshine, nature and all things green.
- I love to exercise. Some people dread working out, but I miss my days when I don’t get to sweat it out or do something physical.
Just last week, as I was reading in my spare time (of course), I discovered a passage saying you should select a career based on what you enjoyed doing in second grade. I would quote the source, but I read so many random posts last week I can’t credit it. Regardless, I thought back to my second-grade days and can honestly say most of the items noted above were things I also enjoyed when I was seven – reading, writing, playing outside, participating in sports.
I doubt I could make a career of kickball, or journaling in my Hello Kitty notebook, but I’ve kind-of sort-of made a career out of the things I love to do. On my best days, when I’m able to read and write and create and ask questions, I find myself in a state of flow. Add in some exercise and time outdoors and I would call it the perfect day.
It’s an interesting concept – and I’m not sure if it applies to everyone – but it might be worth a little reflection.
What do find yourself doing when you procrastinate? What did you like in second grade?
Any linkages do what you do now for a career?
Cheers to you if they are one in the same. We should all be so lucky!