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Wanted: A Magic Pill

It's Six Word Saturday!  Here's what I have to say in just six words:

Wanted: A Magic Sleep Replacement Pill!

Nah! You know I can't just say it in six words and leave it at that.  If I did you would wonder if I was sick or my body had been inhabited by aliens!  I must expound! :-)

I was emailing a friend yesterday, doing my usual whine about the many things I want to do and not enough time.  It's a constant theme in my life, and before you tell me that we make time for what's important, let me say I agree with that... to a point.  You see first I must make time for my job,  obviously, it IS important, since I like to eat and have gas for my car!  So, the reality is that I leave home around 7:30 in the morning and most days don't get back home until around 6 PM at night.  I like to arrive a bit early to have to to check my email and Facebook, and collect my thoughts for the day before the fun begins. After work there are always errands to run.  Since we live 25 miles out, that needs to be done before I head home. 

When I get home there is supper to make and dishes to do; cat boxes to clean and laundry to wash. And of course there is also time for tv with Papa Bear, the hot tub for soaking, and if I am motivated, a bit of exercycle and hanging upside down on the inversion table, which does wonders for my aching back!  

Obviously, I do make a little time for blogging and commenting most nights, and I most often use my lunch hour for the same.   But I want MORE time!  I want to read, and sew, and bake, and do cross-stitch, and weed flowers, and brush the furkids, and play my keyboard, and go for a walk and a moonlight ride in the Ranger, and.... well, you get the idea!  There are LOTS of things I want to do that I rarely find the time and the energy to do.  There's only so much you can squeeze in between seven and ten-thirty each night.  The honest truth is that many nights after supper I plop into my rocking chair with my laptop table in front of me, and stay there until bedtime.  I am too drained both mentally and physically to do much more... sad state of affairs.

So.... I came  up with the perfect solution - I want a sleep-replacement pill!  NOT a five-hour energy drink loaded with caffeine, those are hard on your body, and leave you feeling wired.  Caffeine and I do not get along well to begin with, though I do indulge in my morning mug of Earl Gray with honey on my way to work and a glass of iced-tea for supper.  I used to have quite an addiction to caffeine and cutting back was a bear, had a dull headache for a few days.  So no, I'm not talking about something to keep me artificially awake when my body is crying for much needed sleep.  That'll catch up with you eventually.

What would be wonderful is either a magic pill that replenishes the body's energy, and fulfills the need for restful sleep, or... if that's too difficult to invent, then how about a rechargeable battery pack that we could plug in, or have a spare!  Imagine how much happier everyone would be if instead of tail dragging near the end of the work day, they could just reach in their pocket and plug in the charger or replace their battery!

Wow, what I could do with eight extra hours in my life!  How fun that would be!  I like to fantsize about what it must be like to be retired and actually have those extra eight hours to yourself, to do exactly as you please. 

But there is one thought that scares me... when women fought for the right to work outside of the home as they chose, it was considered "liberation".  Well, it liberated us alright, now we get to work eight hours outside the home and do the work at home as well!  So if we gained another eight hours waking time, would folks feel inclined to take on another job to earn yet more money, so that they would soon require that much to sustain enhanced lifestyles? Would employers require longer hours?  Would kids get involved in even more chauffered activities?  In other words, would those precious hours gained soon be filled up with more tasks to do instead of being free time for us to enjoy?  Just like with posted speed limits, it seems to be human nature to always take things one step further, so I suspect before long we'd fill up those hours with busy-ness, and I'd be back here moaning about having no free time. 

So if someone does invent that magic pill or battery pack, i think there there needs to be a system over-ride function that shuts down if we start to do anything that isn't fun.  Think how much more pleasant folks would be if people everywhere were ensured at least a few hours of freedom to do whatever they pleased every day of their lives.  Wow!  If you had eight extra hours of time and energy in your day, how would you choose to spend it?

18 comments:

  1. I don't know how I did it all when I worked, but I did it same as you. Now that I'm retired, I couldn't do it again. Despite the fact my body would revolt, you just develop a higher level of laziness.

    I can't sleep. That's always been my waterloo, so I live on a tank half-full.

    Given 8 extra hours, we'd still find a way to live unfulfilled. We're wired that way.

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    1. I wonder how I did it all when my kids were home, I had so much more energy then. Now it's just the two of us and I always run out of steam. I sleep, but not well, so I know what you mean about always running on half-full. You are right about the extra hours, we seem to want to sabotage ourselves and our enjoyment of life!

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  2. Sorry. I logged in under my old AKA that I don't use anymore. That's MY comment at the top.

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    1. No problem, it was a great comment! :-) I've done that before too!

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  3. Wonderful invention (to be coming soon?), Jose! :)
    Like "Beau's 39 year old Mom" above, I've found that retiring really isn't the answer either. People have to retire to be able to get all of the stuff they need to do done.

    I do help a little around the house. Since Mrs. Jim's corpal (sp??) surgery eight years agoI have been doing the vacuuming. I take care of the two dogs and she does the one cat. I also wash all of my own clothes and 'offer' to do hers. She doesn't like the way I mix types of clothes or dry them so I only wash her golfing sox. And I keep her car and golf cart going. That cart needs charged up and water kept in the batteries.

    Jim's(Texas) Six Word Saturday
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    1. YOu are right Jim, retirement just means there are different things that need taking care of, not that you are free from all responsibility and work. Sounds like you are a great partner and helper for Mrs. Jim, she is blessed. John is like that to, but not all women are that lucky. My retired dad was kind of a a pain in the arse for mom, underfoot and supervising since he no longer had staff to direct! ;-)

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  4. Sign me up for this!! You are amazing , Josie. I don't know how you do it and remain the wonderful You. ~Hugs~ (that's what we all need.)

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    1. Awww, thanks Annie! When I find the inventor you can buy into the sales plan and we'll both get extremely rich! LOL Often though, I get so frustrated at not being able to do it all, that I just sit down and don't do any of it, that's a pitiful game plan and I need to learn a better way to do a little bit of more things I enjoy!

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    1. You have a good point there, Ron! If I can't engineer the magical pill or battery pack, maybe we could just rework the calendar into longer days. But sure as heck someone would think of something we had to do with those precious extra hours! I'm dreaming of a three day work week when I am finally, hopefully able to semi-retire. I could live with that!

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  6. I would love something like that too!

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    1. I think it would be a best-seller for sure Tonya! We seem to be a society of tired people, burning the candle at both ends and always on the go. No time to relax, reflect, or regroup for the next day. How wonderful it would be to go thru the day feeling truly, naturally energized!

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  7. Yup, those are some great ideas! We probably will eventually have human chargers sometime in the future. If I had eight more hours, I would probably use them to sleep, LOL! I don't know.... : )

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    1. I'm thinking it's a possible invention too Joseph, either chemical or electrical. I might be tempted to catch a little extra sleep now and then too!

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  8. Oh yeah. I'd be popping those pills like nothing on earth. It would make such a difference. I'm sure someone's working on it right now!

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    1. Yup Selma, I think we'd be willing to pay a pretty good price for those, and I'd really like to think I'd use the extra time wisely... to LIVE, to CARE and to ENJOY!

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  9. My only issue with such a pill is that I really really REALLY like sleep.

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    1. You bring up an interesting point, Monkey, that no one else has mentioned yet - and I have to agree with you, I love the luxurious feeling of sleep too!

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