How busy should I be? When I first moved to Pittsburgh and started working, I didn’t really know what to do with my weekday nights, but I knew that I wanted to make the most of my free time. Now, I have recurring events 3 out of 5 nights during the week (improv class, therapy, and Chinese tutoring), and I usually have some other type of appointment or performance a day out of most weeks. As I’ve started trying to establish a workout routine and meet up with more people outside of work, I wonder what the right balance between scheduling things, leaving room for spontaneity, alone time, and personal work time (doing chores, personal errands, etc.) is.
Senses of self that are Not Helpful:
A fungible being/a worker
A person completing a list of tasks every day
Input/output machine where the output is how something makes me feel
Looking to the past as a reminder of what kinds of ways of being are possible, while not being constrained by/stuck in it
What do you do/what can you do when you realize that you’re not living mindfully?
Consumerist/materialist/convenience-oriented desires vs. minimalism/sustainability. How can I use money to counteract the negative effects that working has had on me? Is it even right to ask that question?