At my Art Class on Monday, one of the participants was talking about feeling guilty about watching a TV show like “American Idol” without ‘doing something’. It was a waste of time.
The members of this class are all in their late 50’s to 70’s. We have spent many years “accomplishing” things. At this point, can we not watch a TV show without guilt of not doing something ‘important’?
I am not sure. I do know I continue to feel the need to ‘do’, to ‘accomplish’. The joy is that I get to decide what I want to do/ accomplish. But the guilt of downtime still jumps out at times.
Today I ‘accomplished’…cleaning the living and dining rooms, finishing the painting of the shelving in the living room, exercising, bringing in a load of wood, putting out the trash/recycling, making dinner, making reservations for our upcoming trip to see the Grandsons…etc. Nothing that would be listed on Lifetime Accomplishments but I still feel compelled to list them to make my day worthy. Sigh. One should be able to have a whole day of absolute NOTHING…maybe not even getting out of one’s jammies…right, Mom? Oh, sorry. No, that is not what should be done. Accomplish! Do!
My Dad worked hard. Somehow, I try to live up to my Mom’s expectations of work. Honesty, integrity, courage…Dad. Work, loyalty, commitment…Mom.