The Paradox of Free Time

I have come to realize that I, like most people, am always looking forward to free time. I work and go to class and sometimes the thing that I most anticipate about the day is when I get off or when my class is over, so I have some time to myself.

It isn’t hard to say that people generally want more free time. Some people have a lot less of it than others, others complain they have too much.

What do you do once you get a little free time though? Free time is the time you have to do whatever you want, free of restraint or responsibilities- the possibilities are endless. However, it seems that people are constantly getting bored or running out of ideas for what to do. I do.

That is the strange paradox, the weird problem with free time. You’ve got all the options in the world yet you’re sitting at home watching TV. This isn’t the case with all people however, as a lot of people use it to work out, catch up on socializing, or even just rest. Those people. I like to call those people “productive”.

Personally, I hate when I waste open time. I usually have some sort of project I’m at least thinking about, and mostly spend this time trying to create. I get lazy though. I look at the work schedule. Wow, I have monday-thursday off. I can’t wait. Then, those precious days off come, and I find that more often than not I get lazy. Especially when I have a long period of having little to responsibilities. If I don’t have somewhere to be regularly, I tend to slump into an even lazier version of myself (ex. summer break). It’s kinda like a bike. Leave it outside for too long and the metal will rust; then, when you finally decide to ride it again, it doesn’t wanna go as much as it used to. It’s worn down, rusty. Same thing with people.

I’ll end this post with a recommendation. When you have free time, start creating stuff. Even if you don’t think of yourself as a “creative person”- just start something. A video, a painting, a website, etc. Then, when you get another free day, you can continue to work on whatever it is you started. Doing this makes sure you aren’t wasting your time, and if do this method correctly you will enjoy it too. The more you do, the more active you will be, the more fun you will have, and likely the more successful you’ll be.

I got off work at 3pm today. I have no classes for about a month, so I am sitting at a coffee shop typing this post. This website is a product of my free time.

 

Thanks for reading

Luca DeJesu, 4:51pm

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