A Slice of Fried Gold

Who has the time?

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Obviously everyone runs into this problem, but lately it's really, really getting to me. There are so many things I want to do, I absolutely don't have the time. I've noticed that especially since I've gotten a job that there is just not enough time in the day to get nearly all that you want to do accomplished. The weirdest thing is, it's the little things that make me notice this.

For example, I'm still plenty social, choosing not to sacrifice any time going out and doing things with friends and partying like a ridiculous person on weekends. Hell, I'm young, I figure I might as well get it out of the way early. I read a lot, whether I mean comics or books. I'm pretty much always reading and really am enjoying it more than I have in years. I listen to all of the music I can handle, as I listen all day at work and quite often at night as well (it combines well with sociability and reading).

But to be honest, I miss things that I loved to do throughout my childhood and school. Two years ago, I was pretty much obsessed with TV. I had probably an 8 to 10 show a week diet, and it was crazy. Now? I'm watching exactly three shows, regularly watching Entourage, How I Met Your Mother, and Chuck. My DVR's cup runneth over with other programming, but I just don't have time (or make time).

I love sports still. I continue to play tons of fantasy sports and watch football to a degree, but now I have a hard time following basketball or watching it. I used to live and breathe it! I suppose it might have something to do with my favorite team (the Indiana Pacers) falling from the land of the rich to the land of the really, really poor. Plus my favorite player (Reggie Miller) retired. But still I've pretty much abandoned it. Very sad.

Finally, the point of this post. I used to dedicate hundreds of hours to video games. Final Fantasy, Counter-Strike, Warcraft III. I was a freak. I just couldn't stop playing. Now, there are brilliant games in my closet that I've had for years (sorry Mass Effect, Bioshock, etc.) and games I'm dying to play now (Little Big Planet! I want you so bad! Fallout 3! Be mine!) but I don't buy them for one reason - I know I'd never play them. I'd play them for all of an hour, and then go off and start having fun with friends and that would simply become a waste of time for me.

I suppose that's both the good thing and bad thing of getting older. It's not that I don't love TV anymore. It's not that I don't love sports. Hell, I'd give my liver for 36 hours in a day so I could drop some serious time on Little Big Planet. It's just not realistic. You have to be economical with your time when you get a job that demands one third of your day (if you're lucky), and that demands you to cut things out of your life.

I guess this is the sorrow and problems of a twenty-something with way too many interests. It's not that you want to grow up, you just don't have enough time to do anything else.

Oh well.

At least I still have time to be ridiculous.


Bobbie said...

Welcome to adulthood David! I find that there is never enough time in the day to do everything that needs to get done, or that you want to get done. And I am not even remotely close to as social as you are! It doesn't matter how you plan or how organized you are.

Erik said...

By far the worst part of having a job EVER. I'm trying to learn how to play the guitar right now. I'm finding unless I'm really diligent with it I will never learn it. This means I have to make additional cuts! I hate liking so many things.

Erik said...

I find I sacrifice the social side of things more than I should.

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