“If you can spend a perfectly useless afternoon in a perfectly useless manner, you have learned how to live.” – Lyn Yutang
At one time, prior to the release of The Ride, I was quite the expert in my ability to spend time in a perfectly useless manner. Since the release about a year ago, whenever I try to hone back in on this skill, I am besieged by guilt. My mind races through my lists of marketing ideas to act on, updates needed on my website, blogs to write, blogs to read, and writing projects to start or finish. My “to do” list is endless. I scratch off one item and add twenty more to it.
A recent attempt to loaf went something like this:
“How can you waste time with so much to do?” an annoying voice in my head uttered.
“Leave me alone,” I whined.
Lists…voices in my head…conversations with myself…
“Oh no,” I yelled, “I’m becoming Barbie!”
Barbie, for those who don’t know, is the main character in The Ride. She’s a compulsive list maker who regularly carries on conversations with herself. While I’ve grown quite fond of her, I don’t want to be her—especially her “early in the book” self.
I decided I needed a break.
I wrote this blog a few days ago and set it to automatically post. Then my husband and I loaded up our travel trailer and headed north to Saint Augustine, Florida. My intention is to spend a few wonderful days learning how to live again.
If my muse tags along on this trip, she’ll be most welcome. Writing is a joy so I’d never try to stifle any creative ideas. I do, however, intend to short circuit any thoughts remotely related to any other aspect of being a writer. I’m not sure we’ll have access to wi-fi. It will be better if we don’t because I’ll find it easier to disconnect myself completely from the world around me if I have no choice in the matter.
So if you haven’t seen me hanging around your blogs or forums this week, know it’s nothing personal. I’ll be back—hopefully without any annoying voices in my head.
Are you able to spend an afternoon or longer in a perfectly useless manner?
Thanks for stopping by,
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