…spend a lot of my time writing!
My work means that I spend a lot of time on a keyboard, whether it’s in answering emails, writing documentation, reviewing someone else’s documents or other things like that. I’m not a full time Writer, and what I do on this blog is entirely for my pleasure. I find it a way of managing my thoughts, of making order out of the myriad of things going on in my head, and in some cases even making sense of the world around me. I don’t believe I’ll ever be a published author (because I don’t think I’ll ever try), and I’m never sure how many people actually read my blog anyway.
So, when I’m not writing for work, or Writing for pleasure, how do I fill the time and why? Family takes up a lot of time, and I love spending my days and nights with them. We like to go on day trips, road trips, afternoons out, to all sorts of places and for a number of different activities. Dee and I seem to spend an inordinate amount of time in bookshops, and are continually seeking out interesting volumes on a wide range of topics, though rarely fiction. That’s because one of our other favourite pastimes is reading: we’ve always got several books on the go at once.
Other than those, my main distraction is generally music, whether listening to it or playing bass. That and walking I find helps clear my mind, to simply be, and they help me to return to every day life refreshed and full of new ideas.
If I had extra time, would I write more? I don’t think so. I enjoy the time I spend writing my blog articles, and I enjoy reading other people’s blogs, but I think if I had more time I’d find other ways of spending it. My diverse ideas are finite and I wouldn’t want to get to the end of them too soon! I’d like to spend that extra time becoming more adept at mindful meditation, and practicing mindfulness. I’d like to be more thoughtful – or at least, less thoughtless. I’d probably try to complete a Tai Chi course we’ve been signed up for for ages, and I’d like to try yoga, though as a tall 50 year old slightly overweight bloke with very little flexibility, I think it would take me years even to be able to touch my toes without bending my knees!