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?