We talk about it as though it’s special.
As though time can be divided into different categories.
“I can’t wait to get some free time.”
“What do you do with your free time?”
“Don’t forget to schedule some free time.”
Yet, how do we define “free time”?
If we choose to “use it” for something is it still “free”?
What is the difference between doing something and doing nothing?
Isn’t doing nothing still doing something?
How do we stop “doing”?
What are we no longer “doing” when we’re doing “nothing”?
What if the way we’re looking at time is all wrong?
What if our obsession with “free time” only detracts from reality?
What if we’re overlooking that time is time, whether we label it or not?
There is no free time.
It’s all committed to something.
To what it is committed is always up to you.
You might not like all of your options.
You might not always enjoy the choice you make.
But it’s all time.
All being spent.
How are you spending your time?
Are you spending it doing things that fill your cup?
That bring fulfillment?
A sense of purpose?
If not, are you spending it doing things that indirectly support your efforts to fill your cup, bring fulfillment, and live a satisfying life?
How you spend your time is always subject to freedoms and limitations.
How can you maximize that freedom to the most excellent life within your constraints?
Starting right now?
Laying the foundation for future moments?
All of which is equally “free”?
You can always hope.
You can always plan.
You can always work.
You can always simply “be”.
Appreciate what is.
Not what was.
Or what might be.
You might find those to be all you need to create the most excellent life.
Regardless of your constraints.
You’ve got this.