A Week Without Obligation? Sounds Like a Myth to Me

by Ginger on November 15, 2013

in Day in the Life

I almost can’t even fathom what a week without obligations would be like. Without to-do lists and deadlines and timelines, no work projects or meetings. It sounds…mythical at this point in time.

But that doesn’t mean I can’t daydream about it anyway, right?

So what WOULD I do with a whole week without obligations? Well, let’s assume that no obligations also means that someone else is dealing with the child and all kid-associated things. Let’s go with the idea that he’s off with grandparents or something. Because honestly, that’s about the only way I can figure that there would be no kid related obligations.

Ok, now that that detail is sorted, what WILL I do with all that time?

Well, obviously I would read. I’ve got a stack of about 30 books, it’d be nice to get through 7 or 8 of them in a week. Plus then I *might* be able to finish my 50 books challenge. Might.

I’d definitely sleep in. Every day. For a week. No alarm, or timeline? That sounds glorious.

Maybe I’d start a new TV series. Dr. Who? Oh, maybe Firefly, since that only has one season & I’d be able to feel accomplished sooner.

I’d paint my nails. And play with makeup, maybe even redoing my makeup a couple of times a day, just for fun. I’d watch YouTube beauty videos and sit at my vanity and try to learn their techniques.

There’s a small part of me that might be tempted to do something practical, like clean out the storage unit, or go through old baby clothes, or organize photos. That part would probably get overtaken by the part of me that is lazy, but I guess there’s always a small chance I’d choose to be productive.

Maybe I would take some time to do some baking or cooking. I used to really enjoy cooking, but have gotten out of the habit due to schedules and stuff (plus my husband is a better cook. He’s able to use his creativity that he applies to art to food in ways I can’t possibly do). It might be fun to open a cookbook and play in the kitchen the way I used to.

But I think, mostly, I would spend the whole week doing whatever I wanted at the moment I wanted. If I had no obligations, I would be spontaneous. I would do what occurred to me when it occurred to me. No planning, no coordinating schedules, no negotiating “well, I can do this, and then you do this and then…” It would just be nice to just…do things. When I wanted.

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Prompt from Bring Back the Words, Week 22

Maggie November 15, 2013 at 4:46 pm

Is it ruining the whole point to schedule up a bunch of friend dates during the week of no obligations? Are those then the obligations? Because I think that’s what I would do. I don’t have a big project on the brain right now and maybe it’s because it’s dark and rainy but I’d want to leave my house and have Deep Meaningful Conversations with all of my favorite people. How do I make that happen?!

April November 17, 2013 at 4:33 am

I’m very terrible at relaxing, but your ideas sound lovely!

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