The “tyranny of time.” That was the subject of last week’s lecture in my university classroom.
I teach a general education class called “Leisure Lifestyle Development.”
To introduce The Leisure Link link-up, I would like to start by discussing time as it relates to leisure.
“Time is not only a container for leisure, but also what makes leisure possible and impossible.”
“People take the idea of time very seriously. We ascribe countless actions to it. For example:
We make time, save time, waste time, take time, and even, kill time! At a party we have a good time or a bad time. Then there is suppertime, summertime, naptime and of course, Miller time!” (Ruth Russell, Pastimes, 2013)
It is hard to get away from time.
Time urgency is a tyranny. This can manifest in the need to rush, to be in a hurry, the quickening of the pace of life.
In class, my students took a quick assessment to gauge their view of time. Some of the statements included:
“I’m frustrated by the slowness of people around me.
I feel I am often racing against time.
I am always rushing between places, projects, and events.
I eat lunch or other meals while I work or study.”
Out of ten statements like these, I scored about as high as one can…in fact, the results suggest I need to slow the heck down. Many of my students found they had scored very high, too. We discussed these implications as they relate to technology and the high expectations of getting work done and experiencing leisure in a 24-hour day.
The other day, I posted a photo called “Hurry Up Autumn!” My impatience knows no bounds. –sigh –
A fellow blogger, Michele at Life Redesign 101, posted this gem: Why is everyone in such a hurry? She talks about living in the moment and to stop yearning for the next season, or the next “time” for something. Well worth your time to read!
Does the tyranny of time affect the way you experience leisure? Are you in such a hurry that you cannot just stop and smell the roses without checking the time on your wrist or your phone?
Take a time out and for a few moments today, and without looking at a clock or worrying about your schedule, just sit (or stand) and breathe. Unplug from technology. Let your mind wander and think of nothing in particular. If you can do this outdoors for a few minutes, all the better.
Let me know how this felt.
Rethink your leisure times if you are a highly scheduled person.
You have the time.
The Leisure Link starts now.