I have a strong distaste of idleness.
Don’t get me wrong, I love ‘nothing’ time, where’s no obligations to get things done or need to do anything but, well, nothing. And I also have built up my patience muscles to wait for just about anything. But I hate wasting time. Any moment where I’m waiting on an unexpected outcome, like last minute schedule changes, or hours of traffic, or waiting at the grocery store for a family member to text you what they want you to pick up, but won’t answer their phone (that was very specific :).
Call it a character weakness or what-have-you. I just have a keen sense of how valuable my time is, or at least have valuable it can be. And I’m not just talking about work. Time is valuable not just because of how much work I can get done or how much money I can make. Time is valuable because it’s our most limited and fixed resource, and so very unassured.
Idle is the last thing I want to be doing. I want to move. I want to act. I want to strategize. I want to fight — for my dreams, for my truth. Idleness doesn’t get you where you want to go, it only holds you back.
If I’m complacent, I’m not learning and improving. I’m not growing. I’m not getting better.
I think that’s one of the big reasons ‘retiring’ has no appeal to me. Or at least the American Dream version of retiring, where you spend your last days relaxing and sipping pina-coladas on the beach.
Maybe I’m just crazy.
Or maybe motion, and the drive to create and do is a big part of what life is all about.
STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner
Daily Blog #599