Friday, January 11, 2008
My New Year's Revolution
I've foolishly bought into it again. Whether it's the superwoman hype on TV or the diets in women's magazines or those naggy gym membership specials, January is barraging me with the need to constantly improve my life.
Is it even possible to do all the things the experts advise? Let's see.
Here are my average daily requirements just to get by:
Showering and getting dressed–30 minutes
Cleaning house–30 minutes
Watering the garden–30 minutes
Preparing meals–60 minutes
Eating meals–60 minutes
Driving somebody somewhere–60 minutes
Doing laundry–30 minutes
Answering mail and e-mail and paying bills–30 minutes
Okay, that's already five and a half hours.
Now let's factor in all those things I'm supposed to do to be healthier, happier, and well-adjusted:
Buy fresh groceries daily–30 minutes
Get a bit of sunshine for Vitamin D–10 minutes
Network with business partners and/or friends–30 minutes
Walk the dog–30 minutes
Spend time with the family–60 minutes
That's an additional three and a half hours, for a total of nine hours. Add in a solid eight hours for a good night's sleep, and you have 17 hours. Most people work eight hours a day, so that leaves...
Hmm. Twenty-five hours. That's right. You need a 25-hour day just to meet the requirements for today's new and improved existence. That doesn't even take into account any extras such as facial exercises, coaching soccer, or becoming politically active. There's not even time to go to PTA meetings. Or have sex.
I suppose some things might be doubled up–walking the dog to the grocery store, meditating in the car on the way to work, but can sleeping really be considered family time?
I suggest we decide we're already doing enough. Anyone want to join me in my New Year's Revolution?
Stories to keep you up all night!
LADY DANGER - Riding to the rescue April 2006
CAPTIVE HEART - Coming for you October 2006
KNIGHT'S PRIZE - Stealing your heart April 2007
DANGER'S KISS - Flirting with trouble May 2008