Ahhhh . . . work. Such a dirty word. What exactly does that conjure up for you? If you’re lucky, it’s something that you love. If you’re not so lucky, it’s a paycheck. But this isn’t in praise of work. There’s plenty of time for that in your life. This is in praise of doing nothing. Not a damn thing.
Every once and a while, it’s good to do fuck all nothing. Just sit back and let the nothingness wash over you. I’m not advocating taking a full day to wallow in nothing (but if you can swing it . . . have at it), but ten minutes will do it. There’s plenty of time for the hustle and bustle of your daily life. Time to let the kids watch a few more minutes of the telly and enjoy the nothingness in your space. Time to put aside that “to-do” list that you have. Time to simple breathe in and breathe out. To prove a point, here’s a list of what I ought to be doing today:
- the dishes (they’ll wait; they haven’t figured out how to walk yet)
- putting away my clothes (all clean and stacked . . . and I’ll wear them all eventually)
- grading some vocab (probably should get on that one)
- dinner planning (hmmmm . . . didn’t I receive a Living Social coupon for a site that will do it for me)
- mow the lawn (damn you, early spring)
- research topics for next year’s units (ahhh, sounds like a bit of fun for summer)
- cleaning the bathroom (nope . . . took a vow before God and man to avoid that one)
I’m pretty sure that there are more things that I could add to that list, and it would never seem quite complete enough. So here’s what I have decided to do today instead:
- nothing (I can do that)
- zip (mastered that one as well)
- zilch (ohhh . . . the zilch and I are good friends)
- nada (even in Spanish, I can do nothing)
I started the morning having breakfast with some friends. We get caught up on the laughs that aren’t appropriate for work, and laugh our way through a few cups of coffee. Now, I might get caught up on Great Expectations or watch a few episodes of Boardwalk Empire. Or perhaps I’ll read and knit in the quiet. I take great pleasure in doing nothing, and I do it well. On the rare occasions that I can do nothing, I plan on living up to my expectations. So, take some time and close the door and do nothing. Sit back and put your feet up and do nothing. Now that I’ve given you permission (because that’s what you were looking for, right), how are you going to spend a little bit of nothingness?