The question proposed, Is Doing Nothing a Waste of Time? primarily comes from the matter of feelings. .. . Allow me to illustrate.
If we DO something, it is usually for the excitement or pleasure that we get out of it, right? So for example, if you are going for a bike ride, to feel the wind tickle your face and to grasp that childish sensation of freedom … then why would it be any less praiseworthy if, while you were sitting on the porch with your feet up, you were able to bring forth just as much joy into sitting and staring off into space?
I feel that when I sit for a long period of time just thinking and scribbling, I start to introduce a feeling of guilt or shame (usually if it tends to last for days). Not sure why I feel this way. I catch myself comparing my actions and hobbies to others around me, or with the things that I used to do to keep myself occupied. My battle with mental health being that I change so much, so rapidly. It’s difficult and often downright impossible to keep up.
Maybe I just don’t want to go for a walk.
Maybe I don’t want to go out to dinner.
Maybe I don’t want to clean the basement.
Maybe I don’t want to…… “DO” anything.
I’m more than content hanging out with me in my head for now. I do not need a distraction to get away from myself… and that is the first time in a long time that I have been able to say that. There is a possibility that this feeling may only last another five minutes BUT, It feels great. I truly love me today…. or at least for right now. For in this moment, I am okay with Doing Nothing. So for in this moment the answer is No, it is not a waste of time.
At first this was just a typing rant, not meant to be posted but, hey who cares? I’m gonna hit the PUBLISH tab anyways…
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