Is it always necessary to produce something each moment? Or to be singing or dancing or playing or drinking? Or contributing to society? I wonder this when I hear people comment that they will sleep when they are dead (and I have heard or read this comment on a number of occasions). What would they do instead of sleep? Non-stop party? Non-stop sex? Non-stop travel? Non-stop charity? Why not sleep? Is everything they do so critically important or incredibly fun? Every moment jam-packed with thrills? This is not me being sarcastic; I am genuinely interested.
I don’t even want to do anything that feels really good all night long! I feel like I must be missing out on life when I hear that comment since sometimes I just relax. Sit outside in the shade or the sun and bask. And even when I have some essential work to do, I’d rather not do that for twenty-four hours IN A ROW!
Maybe I’m not important enough to need to be awake all day and all night. Maybe I am obtuse. Or maybe some people are delusional. I don’t really know. I don’t.
I did not have to report for jury duty today (during my week off, no less) so instead, what have I done?
In no particular order:
-Cleaned the kitchen, put on a fresh table-cloth, ironed it, picked some dill to put in a vase on the aforementioned kitchen table.
-Pulled some weeds,
-Shopped a little at Old Navy but didn’t buy anything
-Had coffee at Water Street Coffee Joint with my husband, happily greeted a friend there, chatted a bit
-Made a good lunch: a sandwich on the aforementioned rye bread, with mushrooms and green, red and orange peppers that I sautéed in water with salt and pepper, added vegan-mayo, mustard, lettuce and homemade pickle, and fresh tomato from our garden, forgot to include onion; it was delicious anyway.
-Managed to work the word, aforementioned, into a blog at least three times.
-Didn’t plan a day-trip due to the possibility of jury duty so sat outside in the shady-sun and wondered if I really should be doing something meaningful every moment. Maybe it’s all meaningful after all. Life is what it is. Moment to moment. Possibly including those moments that do not involve contributing something to society. “Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are.” Chinese Proverb