In Praise of Goofing Off

Do not carpe that diem

Micah Ward
Crow’s Feet

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Photo by Christian Bowen on Unsplash

I suppose I should be honest here. I’m retired. I’m 68 years old and have very little ambition to change the world. Goofing off comes easy to me. But it didn’t always. I built a career. I worked those long hours in high stress environments. On rare occasions I took a vacation and practiced goofing off. But inevitably I had to return to the real world and get back to work.

In those days I was exhorted to seize the day and make the most of every single endeavor that I took on. Whether it be in the professional arena, coaching youth soccer, or engaging in a hobby — the constant refrain was all about getting ahead and making the most of my time. Excellence in all things. Never settle for less. Does that sound familiar? Did you travel that path as well? Are you still traveling it?

Sure, some of that drive and ambition, that nose-to-the-grindstone mentality, is needed to earn a living, maintain a residence, raise children, and other such stuff. But even in the midst of all that — do we as a society pass up too many opportunities to kick back, relax, and enjoy the sublime ecstasy of doing absolutely nothing?

I had a work colleague before I retired who took pride in the fact that he never read anything but self-help books. Now, none of us are perfect, but does anyone really need all that much…

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Micah Ward
Crow’s Feet

Micah is a retiree who writes, runs, prays and enjoys craft beer in the rolling hills of central Tennessee. He goes to the ocean when he can.