A few days ago I had a long awaited hip replacement surgery. During this coming week, I have some unavoidable work and will take care of it accordingly. Otherwise, to recuperate, I am taking some time off and taking advantage of the downtime.
That doesn’t mean pop as many pain pills as I can or binge watch several shows on Netflix. In fact, I’ve watched very little TV so far and as of Saturday I went cold turkey off of the prescription pain meds because I didn’t like how they made me feel. I’d rather have pain and keep my mental capacity than be comfortable but paranoid, itchy and talking gibberish.
But, I’m not judging at all. To each his own, and I mean that sincerely. It doesn’t matter how you define downtime or how you spend it. All that matters is that you define it and utilize it, whatever it means to you.
For me, it means finishing the script to a musical that I started writing several months ago – something I like to do as a creative hobby. I’ve had the music maybe 80% composed and the script drafted in my head for a long time. I just haven’t created the time to sit down and complete it all. When I commit myself to something like this, it’s an all-in moment and I become very immersed in it.
Some may see it as a lot of work, or a huge commitment of time. But for me, it is a necessary thing. That creative time is something I need. I crave it. Once I have come through it, I feel energized for a long time to follow.
My definition of downtime isn’t limited to creative writing. Sometimes, downtime is floating on a boat. Sometimes it’s sitting in the backyard with a cold drink. Sometimes it’s snuggling on the couch with my wife, Carol.
I have multiple definitions of downtime and utilize them accordingly. Some of them are productive in the sense that I am producing a tangible item, but all of them are productive in the sense that I am providing or giving something that I or someone else needs.
Downtime is the theme of the November 16 edition of The Weekly See 7 available now at the SeaSeven website. How do you spend your downtime?