I haven’t blogged in quite a while. This is probably going to be the worst post ever because my brain is a pile of mush. I’m sick. Not sick sick. Just feeling under the weather, that’s all. But I can’t focus on anything, which is a problem, seeing how it’s 6:37 pm and that’s too early to retire for the night, even for me. Which reminds me…Phineas insists that sleeping less is an acquired skill. I’m pretty sure we’ve had this debate before, and I ended up agreeing with him. I take that back! After 19 years, I still have not managed to cut down on sleep. I absolutely need 10 hours a night, or else I get sick. The average adult needs eight hours of sleep. However, according to the National Sleep Foundation:
The first thing experts will tell you about sleep is that there is no “magic number.” Not only do different age groups need different amounts of sleep, but sleep needs are also individual. Just like any other characteristics you are born with, the amount of sleep you need to function best may be different for you than for someone who is of the same age and gender. While you may be at your absolute best sleeping seven hours a night, someone else may clearly need nine hours to have a happy, productive life. In fact, a 2005 study confirmed the fact that sleep needs vary across populations, and the study calls for further research to identify traits within genes that may provide a “map” to explain how sleep needs differ among individuals.
Ha! I’m right. I guess I only have my genes to blame for missing out on two hours a day of life. The other day, I decided that if I could have one wish I would wish that I only needed seven hours of sleep a night. Oh, what I would do with three more hours! I could finish an entire novel in three hours. I could watch a movie. I could write a chapter. I could sketch. I could play squash.
This concept of free time is particularly foreign to me at this moment. If someone asked me what I did with my free time these days, I would be confused. What do you mean, free time? What’s the definition of free time? If you finish all your schoolwork, run all your errands, and do all your chores, do you have free time then? Because after all that, you have to take care of not only yourself but people around you. You need to feed yourself well, get enough sleep, and exercise frequently. And relationships with other people don’t grow on trees. They require effort and thought and time on your part.
Who has any free time these days?! If only I had free time, I would go apple picking and dance through cornfields. I would pick up a new hobby, like gardening. I would write letters to pen pals in Africa.
You could say that I have free time now. I guess I do, huh? But is it really free time if I’m too tired to do anything but type out my convoluted thoughts when what I really, really want is to sleep?
What do you do in your spare time?