I’ve been feeling rather discombobulated lately. The feeling of dread at the thought of doing everything I’d like to do in the time that I have has been overwhelming.
I know that time is the one currency that everyone has the exact same amount of, but how do you best make use of your time? How do you accomplish everything you want to do?
Lately, I’ve been busy with writing, playing video games, spending time with friends, and reading the occasional book. I’ve been getting a lot of good things in to my schedule, but I’m still feeling a bit of dread over the thought of everything I haven’t accomplished.
How we spend our lives is, in one sense, opportunity cost. Saying “yes” to one thing is, in a way, saying “no” to something else. If I spend my time doing X, I may not be able to do Y (etc…).
I’m curious: how do you manage your time with the “want to dos”, the “need to dos” and the “end up doings”?
A friend of mine recently answered these questions on her blog, and I thought that I would join in the fun. I won’t tag anyone here, but if you feel like playing along, I’d love to read your answers as well.
Five Things I Have a Passion For
- Discovering what other peoples’ passions are. (This is easily my #1 passion – tell me what you love, and why you love it)
- Baseball, Soccer & Hockey
Five Things I Would Like to do Before I Die
- Attend a game at every MLB stadium (currently, I’ve been to 5 out of 30)
- Visit every continent (I’ve been to 2 out of the 7 so far)
- Drive the entire length of Interstate 90 (Seattle to Boston). Document my travels via words and photographs
- Attend a match at Camp Nou
- Complete a half marathon
Five Things I say A Lot
- “Yeah yeah”
- “Hey Babe” (when talking to my cat, Waffle)
- “Hey Buddy” (when talking to my cat, Cooper)
Now you all must think that I’m crazy for talking to my cats. Oh well, I don’t care. *grin* Beyond these three things, I really don’t know what I say a lot. I’ll have to ask friends that I spend time with and hear their thoughts on this subject…
Five Books I Read Recently and Recommend
- New and Selected Poems, Volume One – by Mary Oliver
- The Ocean at the End of the Lane – by Neil Gaiman
- The Gifts of Imperfection – by Brené Brown
- Ready Player One – By Ernest Cline
- Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis – by Lauren Winner
Five of My Favorite Films
- The Shawshank Redemption
- Dead Poet’s Society
- One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
- Life is Beautiful
Five Places I would Love to Travel
- Easter Island
- Angel Falls, Venezuela
- Giza Necropolis, on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt
Dear Inner Critic:
The only power you have over me is the power I have given you in the past, stemming from my own insecurities about who I
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am, what I feel I am called to do, and how I perceive what other people think about me.
I’m cutting you off.
I’m an awesome person, dammit. I’ve got things to do, people to know and love, and beautiful things to create.
I’m not sure where it came from, but for whatever reason, I’m very hesitant to communicate with people lately.
I used to be just shy in face-to-face conversations, preferring to write my thoughts and feelings down instead in the form of a letter or a story.
Now, I’m beginning to feel a bit hesitant to even do that.
I replied to an friend’s blog entry today with – what I thought anyway – a reply that could have been misconstrued into something that I actually didn’t mean.
“Listen to my heart”, I said, following up my comment.
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I’m hopeful that my friend will know my heart, but there is still a small part of me that questions the end result.
With my closest friends who know me better than most, I feel a bit more relaxed with – I can say things that I might not normally say to others and they know my true heart, know the person I really am despite what words may or may not come out of my mouth.
I’m thankful for those friends, so very thankful.
Heartspeak is a beautiful thing – especially when you’ve found friends who share that same language.