Over the weekend, I asked people what they would do if they had more time. I wanted to explore what’s being left behind in the hustle and bustle of daily life and why. Here is what I noticed:
1. Interestingly, only women responded to my inquiry. In the spirit of full-disclosure, I have an estrogen-strong virtual community but there are plenty of men there, men who regularly participate in the dialogue, and there was not a peep from any of them.
I can’t tell whether the silence was about impression management of the whole strong manly-man thing or not. Maybe I inadvertently timed those posts to appear when all of the men were otherwise occupied with man things. Whatever the cause of their silence, I couldn’t help but wonder if men are already doing what they mean to with their time.
2. Nobody mentioned housework, jobs, or time with children, partners, etc. In fact, except for friends, other people didn’t come up at all.
3. Every single response was something that, at least on the surface, is an activity would only serve (meaning make happy, healthy, hopeful, etc.) the woman who isn’t doing it.
What follows is a list of the most common responses plus thoughts on why waiting for our schedules to magically open up isn’t enough (plus inspiring quotes and beautiful pictures to engage more of your senses). At the bottom of the last page, you’ll find a not-even-remotely-veiled invitation to my Sick of Being Stuck program in case you decide that it’s time to make space for YOU in your life.