I Am Such a Slug (Satire)
I am such a slug (lazy person). I feel as if I waste a lot of time. I feel as if I must always be "doing" something. I find that if I am not doing something productive, or writing something of grand value to someone, then I am idle and lazy, and my words are meaningless.
I often wonder if this is simply cultural, whether learned from family, country, maturity levels, or world views.
I grew up at a time where hard work was clearly defined in one way. Yet, often times, the person defining it would assign jobs to someone else with "less value," far out-reaching their capabilities at that moment. When they failed to live up to expectations without proper example, the "minion" was criticized, demeaned and often abused for being anything less than perfect.
Today, one of my biggest struggles is seeing the value of doing "nothing," as it is actually "something":
- We need to sleep to function. I fight sleep to try to accomplish more, which usually is not the case.
- We need fresh air and exercise. I stay inside thinking that if I take an hour for a walk, there is no evidence of productivity.
- We need to laugh with the company of friends. I will sometimes decline invitations because I feel guilty taking time away from things that I "should" get done.
I know that there are others who feel the same way, who experience things similarly. I see many Americans who are in my age bracket (Baby Boomers) who struggle with this, as I do. I wonder if others from other countries and in my same age bracket feel the same way.
I also ponder on the idea of how this is changing in our society, as the aging part of our population is in the twilight of life. The younger generations are redefining what "hard work" means, and setting new standards on the importance that "leisure time" holds, or changing what various other values mean to us in our society and culture.
I am curious if this is changing as drastically in other countries, as it has in the United States in the last century. Perhaps these changes seem more drastic in other countries, because of the influence this country has on the world and how technology has made that influence much more instantaneous.
Even as I write this, I am thinking about which direction I could take this idea. I could be accused of wasting a lot of time doing so. Some might tell me that I "cannot analyze everything." Others might tell me to "stop being lazy and get to work."
My mother would have shaken her head in disgusted misunderstanding of me. She may have questioned how "contemplating one's navel" would hold any value in the grand scheme of life.
Yes, this morning I was up at six o'clock after two hours of sleep. But I have been extremely lazy in the past 18 1/2 hours. I have:
- Answered emails (at least 50).
- Read and commented for several hours on different blogs I follow, as well as Persona Paper.
- Written and submitted several articles.
- Cooked a meal to help out a friend.
- Went to the library to return a DVD.
- Met a friend for coffee and conversation.
- Went to my elderly friend's home and went to the garden to gather produce for dinner.
- Helped prepare dinner, and dined with my friend and his son.
- Went to the grocery store for a few items.
- Came home, put things away into the cupboards, and watched an episode of the final season of Boardwalk Empire.
- Fell asleep on the couch for an hour and a half.
- Caught up with my notifications here at Persona Paper, reading and commenting.
- Writing this final article before I turn the lights off.
- Done some other things that would be inappropriate for me to share.
I think that it is about time that I get up from the comfort of my bed, get my shower, and stay up all night working on things I should not have left undone today.
It really IS a shame that I am such an indolent person and do not accomplish much. Don't you agree?
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