I was talking to Chris the other night about what we would do if we had limitless time to do whatever we wanted all day. He had tons of things, but I was unable to think of anything. Besides working on my side business, browsing social media, and watching Netflix until I fall asleep, I don't really have any hobbies (if you can really call those things hobbies in the first place).
But the more I thought about it, the more I realized I used to have hobbies. I liked to draw. I liked to read. Why don't I do these things anymore? Because I don't have time? That is what I suggested, but Chris insisted that if I stopped doing the time-wasting things listed above, I could instead fill that time with these real hobbies. And he's absolutely right. I have, for the most part, let pointlessly staring at my smartphone eat up most of my time.
Don't get me wrong, I am not even vaguely anti-smartphone. It is like a limb to me and I always have it around and on. I like the ability to be in constant contact with the people I care about. But there is no reason to spend 3-5 hours a day scrolling through Facebook and tumblr because I "have nothing better to do." I clearly DO have better things to do.
In an effort to rectify this situation, I am reinstating my resolution to read at least one book per month, a goal that lasted exactly one month. But I think there's still time to catch up - even now that I am 2/3 of the way through the year. The book I am picking for August is The Woman in Black, since it is still sitting unread on my Kindle. I bought it as one of five books to read on the cruise and just never got to it. I'll report back when I've finished.