Don’t you love it when you have a bit of free time? After school or work, during the weekends, or even in your lunch break, it’s great to squeeze in a little time for yourself. In general, ‘free time’ is a luxury; it is ‘free’ time because it is time spent not working, studying, or running errands. Fundamentally, the beauty of free time is that you don’t have to do anything; you are at liberty to choose what you do. Do you relax in front of the television, unwind with a good book, or de-stress by cooking a nice meal? When I have free time, I love to go for a run, draw, or watch some of my favourite television series.
I have just had a whole month of free time at home with my parents. I finished working as a teaching assistant in France at the end of April, and I am just about to start a new job in a publishing agency in Paris. However, this month was not all that I thought that it would be. Before I came home, I had ideas about what I would do and where I would go during this month off. I had plans to get fit, do more art, read more, visit museums and art galleries. And guess what … NONE of it happened. I was lazy, I watched television all day and I ate way too much chocolate. I’ve discovered that when you have too much free time, it just turns into ‘time’, and trying to pass that time becomes increasingly boring. Apparently, it becomes much more difficult to motivate yourself to do interesting things when you don’t actually have anything to do in the first place. It’s a strange phenomenon, but I think it’s the same for most people. When you only have a little bit of free time, it becomes more precious, so you use it well, but when it’s all you have, you simply waste it.
It’s not how I planned for this month to go, but it has definitely made me excited to start work, and to start feeling productive again! I have a lot of things planned for when I am there, but if I don’t get to do them all it will be ok – because I will probably be too busy to fit it all in!
Do you have a lot of free time? How do you spend the free time you have?