Saturday, April 20, 2013

R is for Relaxation

Do you ever feel that there is just no let-up in life? Do you ever just want to shout "stop the world I want to get off"? I occasionally have days like that - I'm sure most people do.

However, I find as I get older that I tend to pace myself a bit better than I did in my younger days. I don't work as many long hours as I used to. I rarely, if ever, these days do work over the weekend. My personal time has become more precious to me and I guard it more jealously than I used to.

But here's the thing. I now get days when I have so much to do even as regards my personal interests that it sometimes becomes too much. I honestly cannot remember the last time I had a whole day completely to myself, simply to do nothing, where there were no expectations of me, no work commitments, no music to be prepared for a choir, no photos to be processed. A day where I could choose to do absolutely anything I wanted to do, or indeed to do nothing at all, and it wouldn't matter to anyone.

It's fair to say that, apart from work commitments which I am employed for and paid to do, much of the work I do related to my personal interests is self-imposed. I choose to do them because I enjoy them, by and large. But even with that, I feel there is something amiss if there is rarely room for just a day of absolutely nothing to do.

Having said all that, I'm not sure what would be gained overall from taking a day out to do absolutely nothing. Usually, it means more 'stuff' piled up for the next day! So perhaps it is a futile thing to pursue. Still, wouldn't it be nice!

I often think it would be great to be a cat. They seem total experts at spending hours on end of doing, well, nothing really. Take a look at our cat in the photo above. I'm convinced he spends about 23 hours a day in that position. It doesn't seem to do him much harm. Yes, I want to come back as a cat.

Anyway, time to stop writing and go do nothing for a short while at least. But wait, what's that noise I hear? Oh, it's just the cat - looking for someone to feed him. I'd best go and get him some food. Maybe tomorrow I'll get that day of complete rest. Then again .....


  1. It's been so gross and cold here it's hard to get motivated to do anything. Despite my best efforts, I spent most of the weekend "relaxing"- that is to say, doing nothing.

    And I agree, cats have the best life ever. I say this as mine sleeps on my foot as we speak.

    Hi from Nagzilla bloghopping A to Z

  2. Great post John. I felt relaxed just looking at the photo of the cat! What did you think of my Liebster nomination for you? Jodie at

  3. sorry, I'm so behind on my reading!

    Cat's are the epitome of RnR! fab photo :)