September 25, 2009
well, interesting to me, at least. My husband and I were talking today and he said I spend lots of time doing fun things, like running or playing the viola. "But that's not fun," I shot back. "I do that stuff because I have to." And I realized that pretty much everything I "like" to do is some kind of task or chore or hill to climb, with a goal attached. I run because I'm training for something. I practice viola because, well, I'm learning how to play viola and practicing is how you learn. I read stuff online because I want to find out about something, be it politics or how to make pancakes or what's going on in peoples' lives in the fora on CHRunners.net. I am withholding judgment on whether this is good or bad, but anyway I never realized it before and it's interesting.
There are commercials for Corona that are shot from the POV of people lying in hammocks on a beach, staring out at the sea. I wonder what that would be like. I wonder if I could stand it. I wonder if it would be good to do once in a while. When I used to smoke cigarettes I would spend smoke breaks staring at nothing and just thinking (or not), but that never happens now.
Posted by joe positive at September 25, 2009 4:58 PM
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Man, I am never going back to CHRunners now that I've given it up. You're pretty cool tho.
For my part I mostly do what I like to do at the time. I have some obligations, but I need to have times of complete frivolity and aimlessness or I will die. Not all the time, in small doses, but I can't get by w/out it.
Posted by: SDC at September 25, 2009 9:42 PM
It'd be good to do for recovery between running sessions - but with a decent beer, not Corona.
Posted by: Ewen at September 27, 2009 4:51 AM
SDC: you are missed over at CHRunners, but I don't blame you for moving on. Lotta drivel generated over there.
Ewen: oh, I agree, Corona's not good beer. But the commercials make doing nothing look sooooo relaxing.
Posted by: joe positive at September 27, 2009 5:03 AM
There are very big, beautiful gardens outside the Louvre. I went there one day to relax for about an hour. I made it through 30 observant minutes before I realized that I couldn't idly sit on grass in the sun, and went off to do something else, something more goal-oriented.
Someone, possibly Scott Douglas, went to Kenya to run with some elite runners and one of his observations was that they spend an awful lot of time doing nothing. I have to be looking at glass surface with images or some other flat surface with words on it.
Posted by: Adeel at October 3, 2009 4:54 PM