Hello everyone and welcome to my first appearance on this (or any) blog hop. Please take a look around my website to get acquainted with what I do. My task today is to write a short post on a particular topic, not of my choosing. I hope I’ve done it justice. Find out below.
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And here’s the prompt,
If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
It sounds great doesn’t it?
All that extra time; just think of what you could do. The possibilities must be limitless.
So why am I reminded of Parkinson’s Law?
And the fact that it also applies to leisure.
To be honest, the prompt reminded me of a question I was asked in my job interview; before I went to sea in the Merchant Navy.
“How will you spend your day, when the ship is in the middle of the ocean?” I was asked. “You know that you will have 24 hours to fill.”
I had been ready for all the questions about living on a ship, the separation from home (in those days it was fairly total) and all the rest. But I have to admit that I hadn’t considered this one.
The look on my inquisitor’s face suggested that I had the proportions wrong but he said nothing. When I joined my first ship, I found out why. I was wrong all right, yet in a strange way, I found that it didn’t matter. There was nothing else to do anyway.
I think you can guess where I’m going with this, it’s the same as thinking that you will have more time when you retire; because you won’t be spending all those hours either at work or travelling there and back, will you?
And we all know how that works out, if not from personal experience, then with someone we know or see. I do just as much, if not more now that I’m retired, if I had to go back to work tomorrow, I wouldn’t have the time.
The point I’m trying to make is that your life will always expand to fill the hours you have to live it. It’s Parkinson’s Law in action, whether that’s a good thing or not I couldn’t say. On a ship it’s all part of the deal, there is work to do and a limited number of people to do it. Ships don’t stop when it hits five p.m. so neither do you. Everyone accepts this and you all muck in until the job is done. You slept when you could.
I know that if I had an extra six to eight hours a day, despite any good intentions that I might have; to do more cooking, or walking or taking my wife out for lunch, I’d probably just waste it on watching box-sets and scanning my Facebook feed. After all, there’s never enough time to do that!
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