Time Wasters

Why is that we feel need to waste time?

I keep pondering this question.  I catch myself many Saturdays sitting around my computer playing stupid Facebook games.  If I’m not wasting time on Facebook, I’m playing stupid games on my phone.  Most of the time, the games are not fun and they are simple point and click games. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of games that test knowledge or entertain similarly to a movie or book.  I’m talking about real “time wasters”.

I guess that I sometimes play these games to avoid other tasks.  The apartment needs to be cleaned.  The refrigerator is empty.  Day 56 of 90 of my half marathon training will not run itself.

What makes any of these activities more worthwhile than Facebook games?  I think I know why.  Almost every other activity is an act of self preservation or improvement.

I clean to keep the apartment sanitary.  Act of self preservation.

I go to the grocery store to ensure that there is food to eat in the house.  Act of self preservation.

I run.  Act of self improvement.

As I write this, I think have this figured out.  I think I feel guilty because I know there is so much more I want to accomplish.  I moved to Chicago 2 years ago, and it was the culmination of years of hard work.  It was the first time that I felt like I “made it”.  This accomplishment was enough to satisfy for me for a while, but I know that I have to keep building and growing.  It’s time to start thinking about what I want to achieve next.

I think I want to do the following in the next 5 years:

Run a triathlon

Earn promotion/change positions at current job or change jobs.

Marry girlfriend

Travel to Europe

Make more friends


I think these are the 5 things I want to check off of my to do list before the big one – start a family.


~ by southclaw on September 12, 2012.

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