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Acts Of Lethargy

August 20, 2015

It has been a loooooong week. You’ve been taking care of business and working overtime. And now it all pays off because…TFGIF, yes it’s FINALLY FRIDAY :-O whoot whoot! The work week has come to an end and the weekend is about to begin. You’ve been looking forward to this with eager anticipation for what seems like an eternity. It’s actually only been five days since the last weekend but that’s irrelevant. Work sucks, wastes a lot of free time and needed to be over four and a half days ago…the four hour work week is highly underrated.

When the final buzzer sounds it’s akin to opening the gates at the Kentucky Derby. You race towards your vehicle in hopes of avoiding the parking lot traffic jam that will shortly ensue. It would be highly appropriate if work places would loop and blast the “Freedom” portion of Aretha Franklin’s Think across the parking lot on Friday afternoons. At this point you’re not in a major hurry to get home, just in a major hurry to get as far away from that place as possible.

You’ve no plans for this Friday afternoon and night. Aside from paying some bills, running some errands, some house work and anything else a ten hour work day doesn’t allot time for during the week. The plan is to clear your slate and be ready to do nothing but chill out and relax at your own personal place and pace tomorrow. Oh yeah, nothing on the agenda but a whole lotta nothing. Gonna sleep in, wake up late, crash on the couch and…do…absolutely…nothing? Sooooo… what do you wanna do?” “Oh, I don’t know. What do you wanna do?” “If I knew what I wanted to do I’d be doing it and not asking you what you wanted to do!” “Oh… well can’t we not just do nothing?” Wow proper use of a triple negative! And you’re talking to yourself.

The truth is you could do absolutely nothing. Waste the entire day away laid out like a beached narwhale on the sofa, transitioning periodically between flipping through the channels and napping. With of course a mid-day break from the monotony to make the long and rigorous trip to the front door; this done with the sole intent of greeting and paying the pizza delivery guy. There is absolutely nothing wrong with doing absolutely nothing and today is a perfect day for just that. But there’s a problem…you don’t feel like doing anything, especially nothing.

OK, so you push yourself off the sofa determined that if you accomplish something it will justify your need for nothing. Hey, how about trimming the bushes? You can already picture your interview for Home and Garden as you grab your gloves and hedge trimmers. You open the door ready to roll and…then you close it and put the gloves and trimmer away. It’s too hot or too cold or too wet or just too…outside.

You just don’t feel like doing anything that might be classified as “work” and anything considered fun just doesn’t seem fun, not even nothing. OMG! Are you suffering from depression? You’re tired, bored, and listless, you don’t feel like doing anything except for nothing and nothing doesn’t feel like anything. Aren’t those signs of depression? What made you depressed? How awful, you’re suffering from nothing and don’t even know it. Wait, wait, wait let’s not confuse mild-boredom with depression. While we’re at it lets also not confuse boredom with simply being worn out.

There are times when our minds and bodies have simply had enough and need time to reboot. It’s hard to recognize and accept this especially when this need falls into time allotted for ourselves. Or during times when there’s something we need or want to do and just don’t feel like it. Our exhausted minds keep trying to fire off synapses and push our bodies into action. But it’s like trying to jump off a car with four flat tires with a dead battery.

So what do you do? Well unless you’re a natural slacker and being lazy comes easy you accept your lethargic state with as much grace as possible. Relax in the knowledge that you are not depressed, you are not getting sick and you’ll feel better once you’ve rested.

However if you still feel like crap tomorrow you may want to visit your personal physician or local psychiatric treatment facility. So until then, embrace the nothingness.

Hope to here from ya until then try and stay focused. See ya.

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Hope to hear from ya, until then try and stay focused. See ya!




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