This is an off topic from my usual travel and food post.
When you have so much time on your hand with no disposable income, what would you do? Anyone?
That is the opportunity I was given in the last few weeks. I am officially unemployed for the first time in 25 years. Not retired. There is a difference. Being unemployed means no income. No money to spend. Zip. But, being retired hopefully if one plans well, should have money to spend and live on pension money. I am not ready to retire. So is it possible to live without money and have all the time? I guess so. But, life takes on a different twist than someone that has the money and all the time. One may argue it is more meaningful or meaningless depending on how you view it.
So, in the last few weeks, how did I occupy my time?
1. Keep searching for a new job.
2. Get a local haircut. From a $47 haircut to $12.50 haircut.
3. Spend more time with “Bonnie”, my scottie dog.
4. Take “Bonnie” for a walk.
5. Go for more walk.
6. Stack firewoods.
7. Keep the house clean.
8. Keep the house warm before my partner gets home.
9. Do the grocery.
10. Cook for my partner.
11. Wash and iron the clothes.
12. Potter in the garden.
13. Read a book.
14. Watch the tele.
15. And, ask my partner for some spending money.
16. Use cash only. No credit card.
After few weeks, I really don’t know how anyone can do it. All the time on one hand, and no job and money on the other hand. No equilibrium. One side is heavier than the other. I mean day after day, the same routine all over again. There is no one to converse with, except myself and “Bonnie”. Yes, I talked to her. She does her best to listen and understand. She will move her head left to right, and then right to left. Probably saying “no!” and not again. That, she only understand “dog” language, or a few English syllable.
So, what would you do if you have all the time? and, remember with no money! How do you remain intellectually stimulated, physically and emotionally balanced?