Monday, May 24, 2010

Reality and Gratitude

Once in awhile I think what it would be like to not have to work.  I'd wake up, same time as I do now, early.  I'd do the same thing I do today, blog.  Then afterward I'd have 9 to 10 hours a day to fill. I often fantasize that this would be wonderful, filled with writing, gardening, hanging out with friends, shopping and having the ability to put a bunch of days together that turn into traveling adventures.

Then I come back to reality...

Even when I have a day off from work, be it sick or an unplanned vacation day, I often don't know what to do with myself. I don't feel like "doing" the fantasies and wind up bored.

So off to work I go. Grateful that I like what I do for a living and in this economy grateful to be employed.

9 comments:

Jabacue said...

Hey Rick, That time to do what you want, when you want will come sooner than you realize! We were both forced into 'early' retirement due to health reasons. Now that things are much better......you are correct....it is nice to have a whole day ahead of you and do what you want with no pressure.
But still,continue to love what you do....you are very fortunate.

A Lewis said...

You have hit precisely on why I love my job and appreciate it so much -- the flexibility and choices and ability to have time off during the week when everyone else is typically at work. But, many times, I'm at work on the weekends when others are off......

Peter said...

I know the feeling of Jabacue, I was forced into 'early' retirement due to health reasons too, now 9 years ago. Every day looks the same if I don't force myself to go out and do things.

I'm lucky to have my voluntary "work", but I miss my regular job still. I planned my official retirement at 58 instead of 45. :-(

Enjoy what you're doing.

Jason Loucks said...

Hi Rick,

Long time I know! :P

I've been unemployed for over a year now. At first it was nice but now it's just plain awful.

It's the same thing I do each day, wake up about 8, clean the apartment and then pretty much be on the computer all day. Facebook has become an addiction I'm trying to break from.

I'm so ready to go back to work but the places I apply to aren't hiring even though there are Help Wanted signs posted. *scratches head on that one*

At this point I don't care what I do just as long as I can pay my bills.

christopherc said...

I'm fortunate in the regard that I've never worked a day in my life. I've always felt fortunate to find things I enjoy doing and look forward to for the most part. Any time it begins to feel like work, it's time to change course &/or location!

Greg said...

Along the same lines, when my friends and I fantasize about winning the lottery, I tell them that I would still keep my job because I'm afraid that I would find a way to spend all that money, and because boredom would set in too quickly if I didn't have a job. Sitting idle doesn't come naturally.

Ur-spo said...

That makes you a fortunate man.

Lemuel said...

Having lost my job last year and ending up taking early retirement given my employment prospects, I was concerned about similar things. For the most part I've found my days filled with to-do's and all those things I dreamed of doing when I had nothing to do are *still* not getting done.

madtexter ☺☺☺☺☺☺ (corey james) said...

Amen to that! Anyone that still has a job - any job - in this economy has nothing to complain about. And everyday I am very thankful that I have a job (although I drag myself to work everyday bitchin' and screamin' - not really, just adding dramatic effect).