I’ve been trying to convince my dad to retire. He’s one of those old guys who thinks he just has to work, and the last time I bugged him about it, he insisted that he wouldn’t know what to do with his time. But he could come up with a list of 10 things he would do if he didn’t have to work. That’s what you’ll be doing when you retire, I told him.
Maybe all those years I went to school for 2 months and spent the rest of the time in India made me resistant to having my time monopolized for nothing more than a paycheck. I used to keep track of all the times I’d been fired or quit (ie no notice) with pride – it’s somewhere between 12 and 15.
Complaining is pointless unless you plan on doing something about it, and even wanting to do something isn’t the same as being inspired to Do Something. I got my inspiration when I made my own list of Things I’d do Instead of Work (see below).
Luckily, the internet is a great resource, from Why Work?, which promotes alternatives to ‘wage slavery,’ to offering opportunities to create income that doesn’t involve commuting, working overtime or having the life sucked out of you by associating with lemmings & zombies. Anyone can start a website or business these days
The big change is figuring out what’s really important to you and stop wasting time on things that don’t directly affect the important stuff. It’s figuring out the difference between a want and an unequivocal need.
Here’s my list of things I need to create leisure time for. If you made your list, what would it inspire you to do?
- make a stop-motion Lego movie
- learn a martial art
- make an animated short film
- learn architecture
- write and illustrate a children’s book
- be a lounge singer
- write and record 5 pop songs
- paint with watercolors
- start a band
- play more boardgames (hell, maybe I should make one while I’m at it…)