People dream about living a life of leisure. Well time to wake up cause I’ve been living the dream ever since my last day at work ended on August 28th, 2009. The thing is – It’s not all that great.
Yes I have bills to pay with only one more paycheck on the horizon but that’s not the worst of it. The worst of it is the time. I have ALL THIS TIME and I can only watch so many episodes of Weeds. (Great show btw!) I’m sure I’ll start volunteering somewhere, start on some projects, try some new recipes, write a novel, build a monument, choreograph, perform and shoot an interpretive dance about unemployment to thunderous fame and wonder on YouTube… or not.
I’ve spent the last few days connecting with friends, sitting at the beach on Alki, and running errands. I’ve applied for jobs and unemployment. Well this is my second foray into the wonderful, warm, caring underbelly of government assistance. I received checks from the federal government back when the Interweb almost imploded on itself a number of years ago. It’s a whole lot better this second time around and I hope that this episode doesn’t last as long as the last one (about a year!).
Malcolm Gladwell has a new-ish book out called Outliers. I haven’t read it but I heard from a friend who heard from a friend who heard from some talk show covering an interview Mr. Gladwell did on some or other cable news show that there are no real geniuses. In fact the “geniuses” like Einstein and Mozart only achieved what they did b/c they put in a LOT more hours of work and practice than others.
If that’s true maybe I should film the next 10,000 hours of my life (416 days or so) and then just edit out the boring and embarrassing parts to end up with a five minute documentary of pure gold!
Man my ideas really suck today.
Well at least I can look forward to UPA Sectionals, coaching a YCC league team, and hopefully a Fall MS League team in the upcoming month. That’ll keep me busy.
So all my readers – what should I do with my life? Well there’s like 1 of you readers so far so here’s your chance to play god. Bid me and I will (possibly) do what you command.
Until then I’m on my own.