amw (amw) wrote,

The Friday Five for July 17 2020

I liked this set of questions, so here's a meme to break up the travel/food posts.

1. What's the difference between patience and procrastination?

I think procrastination is when you need to do something and put it off. Patience is when you don't need to do something so it can happen whenever.

2. Have you ever forgotten an important date or event?

This is an interesting question, because if it were truly important, would you have forgotten it?

I "forget" birthdays, holidays and anniversaries all the time, but if i'm honest it's because i really don't care about them. I think i learned this attitude from my mother. As young children we celebrated Christmas and birthdays and so on. After the divorce that largely stopped because mom's feeling was that those days are just days, nothing special about them.

My mom said if you want to do something nice for someone, you can do that any day - no need to wait to do it on a day when everyone else does. I completely agree. Doing something special on a designated day means it's not special at all, it's just meaningless ritual.

I realize when i type that, though, that to a lot of people ritual is extremely meaningful. Doing something that a million other people already did, or doing something you already did yourself a million times, that holds some kind of power. I wonder why it is that some people feel it and not others.

3. Do you become impatient when you have to wait in a long line?

I don't really become impatient in line for things that i am forced to line up for - that is, usually travel or bureaucratic stuff. What else are you going to do? Just wait. But i definitely do not like to wait for things that i don't have to wait for. I cannot understand why people line up for a restaurant, for example. Just go to a different restaurant, you know? Or eat at a less busy time. It doesn't make any sense to me.

4. Do you want to accomplish many things in your life or do you want to take it easy?

I want to take it easy. I wish i could take it easier! It's extremely frustrating to me that society forces us to waste most of our lives accomplishing things just to put money into the pockets of the rich.

5. Do you know someone who is always busy?

Yes. I have several friends who seem to be constantly meeting up with people or doing activities or events or whatnot. It's baffling. I would be exhausted having to do so much stuff all the time. Doing it for work already destroys me. When i'm not working i am over the moon to be able to do nothing at all.

Right now i'm traveling and i'm not particularly bothered about seeing the sights. I don't have fomo. I just wander about, if i see something cool then hooray. If i don't, oh well. Doesn't matter anyway. What matters is i'm free to wander. Or not. That's what makes me happy, the freedom.
Tags: freedom, memes

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