“The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.”

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I have a few days off and I’m not working on our house renovation and not working on anything for that matter. I’m spending time with a close friend, celebrating my daughter’s birthday, probably going to go on a hike. I don’t need to take all this time off technically, but realistically I do.

I like that I can take as much time off as I need to (I don’t have a set number of vacation days). Although I am very lucky and privileged to be in a position to be idle, I did make a conscious decision to do work that pays less but provides more flexibility. I better make the most of it right?!

“The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.”

Bertrand Russel

I’ve written about Lazy, A Manifesto (from the book We Learn Nothing by Tim Kreider) before, but I’m going to put some of it here again because this pretty much sums it up.

My own resolute idleness has mostly been a luxury rather than a virtue, but I did make a conscious decision, a long time ago, to choose time over money, since I’ve always understood that the best investment of my limited time on earth was to spend it with people I love. I suppose it’s possible I’ll lie on my deathbed regretting that I didn’t work harder and say everything I had to say, but I think what I’ll really wish is that I could have one more beer with Chris, another long talk with Megan, one last good hard laugh with Boyd. Life is too short to be busy.

Choose time over money.

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One response

  1. I would always choose time over money. Best decision ever to leave work for me. Lucky to be able to, but I know many people on that unending treadmill of getting bigger houses and cars etc that cost more to force them to work longer. They envy me!

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