Monday, September 19, 2011

On the Productive Use of Compulsory Leisure Time


For roughly two hours a day, I am forced to sit in a nice padded chair with absolutely nothing to do to but to sit back and listen to the radio. I enjoy this time to myself and find it one of the most relaxing times of the day. I cannot understand why other people have to see time spent in traffic as waste of time and a source of stress.

People who get the most frustrated by heavy traffic do not seem to me to fit the sorts of stereotypes that would have particularly happy home lives or enjoyable jobs. It seems absurd to me that these people would want to minimise the time they have to sit back and relax, and rather just get to work each morning as quickly as possible. The more time I have to my self to sit back and relax while listening to music, the better - even if it does require some attention to be on the road in front of me.

The most frustrating part of sitting in traffic for me is making the adjustment from tapping out the rhythm of the music with my feet (which I do all day at work) to drumming it out on the steering wheel instead.

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3 comments:

Robot said...

I agree - the only time it annoys me is when it's unexpected or if I'm running late!

yamikuronue said...

For me, it has to do with knowing things need to get done and not being able to do them. I can only properly relax once I'm done with the important things, and not only are they not being done while I'm stuck in traffic, I can't do anything to further their progress except sit there and think about how not done they are.

Alphanumeric Sheep Pig said...

@yamikuronue: Alas! As a chronic procrastinator, I do not have that problem. ;)