I really don’t consider myself someone that wastes that much time. Sometimes I’m doing things that others don’t consider important, but each person has their own thoughts on what they consider quality use of their own time.
We all “own time”. We’re allotted a certain amount of it when we are born. At some point in our lives, we get to decide how and what we’re going to do with the time we’ve been allocated. I look at time like money. It is very important and wasting it, is just that, wasting it.
I don’t watch very much TV. Pretty much none, other than sporting events, the weather sometimes and a movie every once in a while. I’ve watched two movies on Apple TV since I’ve been out in Colorado. Both have turned out to be a total waste of my time.
Last night I was ready to go to sleep at 10:45. I was washing my cycling clothing and there was 19 minutes to go on the wash cycle. I made the mistake of turning on the TV in the room I’m staying in Vincent’s basement. Next thing I know I’m watching a movie. The movie had no redeeming qualities. I’m not sure why I think a good movie is a less waste of time than a bad one, but I do. Anyway, I watched it to nearly 2 am. This is one reason I’d never have a television in my bedroom.
Now, this morning, I’m all tired from lack of sleep. I rode over 4 hours yesterday on my MTB bikes and could have used that extra 2 hours. Plus I missed all the action in the Tour’s stage today. By the time I got up, everyone was split up, Contador had already fallen down and was chasing, so there was nothing left except everyone to ride across the line. I have a hard time thinking about trading that shitty movie for a good Tour mountain stage.
I rode twice yesterday, both off-road. The 2nd ride I ran into a guy on a tri-bike that was all wearing a total Specialized kit. He saw me and rode up to me and told me he followed my website and used to race “with me” back when I rode for Specialized. He told me he had been a loyal Specialized customer every since (I guess sponsorship works sometimes). Then the guy starts asking me a ton of, what I consider a bunch of stupid questions, wants me to help him with his seat height and more stuff that seemed somewhat odd.
Of course I did most of what he wanted – Selfie with him, looked at his seat position, (like I know what seat position is good for a guy I meant 10 minutes earlier), and such. Normally, the guys I meet out on the road are great. One of the reasons this sport is so cool. This wasn’t great. Not even close. So not close I’d consider it a waste of time. Lisa had told me that dinner was going to be early and I was on a time restraint, so maybe that came into play, but whatever the reasons were, I wish I had that time back.
Anyway, like I said above, time is valuable. And it is finite. And one of the big problems with time is we don’t know how much of it each of us has. So, we need to treat time with respect. If you think you are doing something that has a high potential for falling into the waste category, then, in my opinion, you should stop doing it and do something that would be a better use. No one likes to look back and consider what they’ve done to be a waste.