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How come there's so much to do?

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Is life really more complex? Or does it simply seem that way?

Memory is never a reliably accurate view of past events, but it certainly seems that I accomplished much more in my 20's than I do now, a half century later. I can remember work projects that required weekend attendance, and at the same time keeping my home up and engaging in the complex practices of dating. Somehow I planned and installed central air-conditioning in my home, planted ground cover, diverted rain runoff from the roof that threatened the basement, built some furniture because the stuff in stores was not affordable. But I don't remember sitting down with dealing with email, finances, planning a move to another house - or even house hunting. I could drive anywhere (traffic was bad then, but not as hopeless as now in the DC area). I did some sailing with friends (their boat), got in some skiing (yes, there was something that passed for skiing on the East Coast), and was active with the local theater group. How did I do all that stuff? Today I wonder how I ever had time to go to work and earn a living. There always seems so much to do (like recaulk the bathroom, sort out things that need to be given, or, last resort, thrown away, plan for church activities, keep an eye on the threat of identity theft, manage accounts, keep up with email, and cook.

I guess the good news is that when I bake bread the result is fairly immediate and looks and tastes good and my wife appreciates it.

So, yes, lots to do, particularly at tax time, but not hopeless, and a great opportunity to prioritize.
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