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How to waste your life one day at a time

I had a great Saturday and followed it up with a stupid Sunday. On Saturday morning I set the alarm clock to wake up early, biked down to the Depot and took care of some Treasurer business. Then I rode the fixed-gear to the bank to make a deposit. I had so much fun doing that, I just kept on going to the river and rode the trail for a few miles. There were a few walkers on the path, but I didn't see another bike. I got to watch the sun rise on the way home.

That afternoon, my little brother came over to build a computer from the parts I ordered. That was fun, too. He got it all set up in a few hours and we went out for pizza at the Savoy. It was a great day. So what went wrong Sunday?

For some reason I thought it would be a great idea to spend the entire day playing games on my new computer. When I was a kid, my mom would cut our marathon gaming sessions short, and I always thought it would be awesome to play games until my fingers blistered and my eyes bled. It turns out she knew what she was talking about. It wasn't even a very relaxing way to spend the day, since I felt awful by the time I dragged myself away. I was useless for the rest of the night and went to bed early.

I'm trying to be more intentional about the way I spend my time, but old habits die hard. Maybe I just need to replace the old, bad habits with new ones. I hear that fix riding is addictive, and it did just get me on the longest ride I've done this winter, so I may be on to something. Now I need to increase the dose.

(UPDATE: I'm trying tags again, this time with formatting. It seems to do the trick for others; hopefully it will work for me.)


drvono said...

I find that wasting large amounts of time playing video games, watching movies, etc. isn't as fulfilling as it used to be either. It doesn't take too long before I start to feel guilty and that I should be doing something else.

There are a few exceptions though, like the first weekend we got DirecTV and watched roughly 30+ hours of television and ate Chex Mix. It felt like middle school again and I really enjoyed it.

annie said...

If you'd been in Minnetonka you would've seen lots and lots of other cyclists. Though maybe not at sunrise. Later in the morning, though, there were tons.