I don’t like being idle. I don’t like to sit around doing nothing and having nothing to do; yes there is a difference between doing nothing and having nothing to do. When you are doing nothing, its a choice you made. “I want to lay around and do nothing for 5 minutes.”, “I am going to get some coffee, stand at my verandah and just look pointlessly outside.” Those are the choices that you took. But HAVING nothing to do sucks. Its not a choice you took, its just that you are there, idle, without a choice.
When I am on a couch relaxing, and think of what I am doing I like this to be the answer “I am taking rest from something.” I don’t want to take rest from …. nothing at all. Think about this, you live for, say 80 years (provided you take care of your health, and the world and people take care enough to not kill you). Now, out of that 80 years lets remove all the time that you spent sleeping – doing nothing but lying down resting to probably get across to the next day. Now considering you reached 80 you should have at least slept 6 hours every night, at the least 6. So basically you slept a quarter of the 24 hours that each day gives you. So now looking at the bigger picture you slept for 20 years out of the 80 years you lived. 20 years doing nothing, and I did not count your childhood where you slept more, those medical bed rests, Saturday night hung overs and many more. So even if you slept each day of your life for exactly 6 hours, wasted your time for absolutely nothing; you still have just 3/4ths of your life to live awake, a life which might just end right now because your computer somehow magically blew off while you were reading this or something more probable.
So there, I guess I made my point. You really don’t have much time to “have nothing to do”. Find something to do. It can be work, it can be having fun with your friends, it can be calling someone, taking another shower, reading a book, going for a drive, watching TV, surfing, anything, anything at all. And please don’t do anything for so long that you start missing everything else and it becomes as good as “having nothing to do”.
Watching a TV is something to do, but doing that for an entire day straight is where you should start considering a line of control. So is,
Working non-stop for days
Talking on the phone for hours
Surfing for eternity
or taking a shower for 3 hours straight.
There is a point after which an activity becomes by itself a definition of “having nothing to do”. “Dude! you have been under that shower for 4 hours now.” “So what? I have nothing else to do.” See!
However, you should be happily busy. Yes, for all the people, stuck with jobs they don’t like, you CAN be happily busy.
There is no point being busy but doing something you just don’t like. Some times you really don’t have an option, but remember you never are out of an option for too long. Keep searching for it, do something for it. Don’t be sad and stay like that.
From the point I get up to the point I sleep I make sure I am doing something. Work, surfing, hang outs, parties, just thinking and when I am totally out of anything to do… I just write about how I so, so, hate, to be idle. Simple!