The A-Z blogging challenge is quite straightforward, blog everyday in April, except Sundays, with subjects that follow the alphabet. It’s all a bit of fun. My subject is ‘A month in lock down’.
T is for time, something that can hang heavy during the day when you are locked in. Sunny days are better, when you can at least get outside but rainy days can be long and dull and unfulfilling. This is especially true when you have not been able to get to the stores to buy those little things you need to fix those things around the house. You know, the ones that you have been meaning to do for years and have waited until you get time.
We have plenty of time now but little resources. We are time rich.
This is not a new problem however. There has long been a word for it, a pastime, an activity that occupies one’s spare time pleasantly. Humans have always had periods of inactivity interspersed with occupation. Now is only different in its cause and perhaps the fact that we are not used to it anymore. All of our time is filled these days and we all need to find things to pass our time.
The trouble is that when you are bored, there is nothing worse than someone telling you how they fill in their time, with a suggested hobby like knitting, or the latest fad like some exercise video with an unknown (to you celebrity) or for going for a walk when it is the last thing you want to do. Time is a human construct and expands and contracts depending upon what is at hand. It hangs most heavy when you have the least to do, which for some reason makes you less inclined to do anything.
Only you can fill in your own time.