Zen and the Art of Procrastination

It’s time to start sorting out my life. How many times have you heard that? I know I’ve said it several times.

As things stand, I’m not reading books, I’m not reading blogs and I’m not getting enough decluttering done. That’s not to say that I’m idling my time away, I’m still writing, I’m still cooking (in a determondly average sort of way) and I’m spending time on ebay.

I’m happy with the writing time but the time on ebay needs decreasing. Originally I was looking at it with a view to learning current prices and looking at starting to sell on ebay again. It hasn’t quite worked like that and I’m back, once again, to collecting.

The intention was actually to clear the house and live a life of zen simplicity interspersed with the holidays we’ve not had over the years.

It has struck me recently, as I’ve sat cogitating my hospital experience and the nature of mortality, that I’m on the downward leg of the journey to three score years and ten. I’m 60 next birthday (as I was recently reminded), and this isn’t a two way street.

I’m also mindful that health problems prevented my parents carrying out their retirement plans. They still had a long and happy retirement, but it wasn’t the one they had planned. In fact Dad is still with us and still enjoying himself. However, he would probably be enjoying himself more if things had gone to plan.

So there you are, a slice of philosophical misery. Not very cheerful but something I wanted to talk about for some time as it’s important, and I’m interested if anyone has any views.

I’ve been meaning to write it for some time but I never get round to it.

14 thoughts on “Zen and the Art of Procrastination

  1. Lavinia Ross

    I have faith in you too, Quercus. Hang in there and enjoy the time with Julia. She is a treasure!

    I have survived cancer and a few other scares in my life, and I am still here, enjoying it as best I can. All of us come stamped with an expiration date; unfortunately, the label is not readable by the normal human. 🙂

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  2. tootlepedal

    As one is well down the slippery slope, I can confirm that intimations of mortality don’t go away. On the other hand a lot of fun can be had from planning your funeral and writing some pithy remarks to be read out at the occasion.

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  3. jodierichelle

    My husband and I have both been self employed for most or our marriage. It has been a huge sacrifice in some ways (when the kids were little I didn’t take many jobs – so I could be with them, and we racked up some debt). And so we are just now catching up. I think we will both have to work until we can no longer do so. But I would do it again exactly the same way. I am just starting to make some creative income, as Laurie talked about. That is my ultimate goal, but in the meantime I am a bookkeeper, for the most part. But I am a creative soul. I will always understand that urge. – Not the procrastination, though, lol.

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  4. Laurie Graves

    Yes, plenty to think about with this post, that’s for sure. Here is my take on the matter: It is important for people to live as creatively and as sustainably as they can, right now, whatever the age.But as we age, the path might change. Obviously, there is a need to earn money, but even so, a person can live a creative life, which can take many, many forms. Health issues can be a factor, but there can still be possibilities for living creatively. Writing, cooking, knitting, gardening, volunteering, biking, singing, dancing, playing music…even buying and selling on ebay. So many possibilities. Good luck on your path!

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  5. higgledypiggledymom

    I don’t believe you are alone in your thoughts..having turned the decade, had the knees done, I feel better than I have in many years. Oh, I do sit and contemplate and do the “I shoulds” as well, but I’m liking most of what I do which is sometimes a lot less than I used to or maybe it’s just different from previous and I’m happier with it all. Hang in there, procrastination is sometimes waiting for the right time or just wasting time. Your choice-but make it yours. OMG- I’m preaching. So sorry…

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