One Thousand Word Challenge 63: Slowing Days Down

Slowing days down in order to get more in seems like a fine idea but it’s far better not to mess with the intricacies of time. You never know what you’re going to throw off, even if you do know. There are always hidden variables of which you cannot account for. Better not to do the thing and instead try to slow down time the hard way as the hard way is much more impossible and thus much more satisfactory and thus much more safe. Of course, the hard way often is seen as the easier way. It involves engaging in tedium, which is what makes it hard. It all comes down to your tolerance of how much tedium you can tolerate at any given time.

Of course, if you don’t want to do that, then don’t. There are other things that you can do with your time that are likely fare more worth the time and effort than it is to slow things down. Slowing things down ight end up taking the same amount of time as you would have taken had you just engaged in the art of doing the thing. Therefore there are no shortcuts (all of the time, but only some of the time, so you best remember that). However, if you do indeed find a shortcut, it is likely the shortcut of being more efficient at the thing you are doing than when you had started doing the thing as you’re improving your skill and technique and thus growing as a person doing the thing that is the thing that you are doing.

I think I was going to try and wrap this up all into a neat little package, but I can’t remember what it is that I was gunning for.

It’s probably a bad thing to wait until the last minute to get things done. Takes time, adds stress and adds pressure which creates more stress which in turn creates more pressure in some sort of never-ending cycle that does actually end when it feels it has reached a peak saturation that you cannot always perceive. It is then that you need to be in the zone, for if you are not then the whole things comes toppling down and the last thing you want to be doing is falling a great distance to some sort of surface. It hurts on the landing, unless of course you perfect the landing, in which case it would not but, but of course there are other things that you could be doing with your time other than procrastinating until the last minute and then risking your mental health.

Plenty of reasons to procrastinate though.

So yes; it is far better to plan ahead and make the most of the time that you do indeed have instead of waiting until the last minute. Of course you could try and do the whole slowing down time thing the easy way, but seeing as how time-consuming that act is, you may end up failing and end up having to work under unnecessary pressure anyway, so might as well get an early start on the thing rather than a late start.

Then you can do the work on honing your craft and getting toward something else entirely. Perhaps you will turn it into something beautiful as you grow your garden of skill and talent and multiple skills upon multiple talents, thus ending up with something that is entirely your own and yet something you can show the whole world, or something. Of course you don’t have to show the whole world; there is no one person out there forcing you to do so, unless of course there is someone, in which case I don’t know what to say. Might not be the best of situations, but then again perhaps that being forced is of the gentle, “trying to boost you out of a rut” variety, but of course not all forcing can get one out of a rut and sometimes you just need a break and the thing will eventually return to you, whatever that thing is.

Sometimes, however, you do have to hunt down that thing and those hunting times are not always the most fun. They can involve great journeys of unexpected ardour, but of course they can also be great journeys of unexpected ease. There is a lot of variety in the whole thing and who is to say that you cannot be the decider of the route and the shenanigans along the way? Well, there are plenty of people who say so and not in every situation will the flexibility be there, but that’s all part of the fun of the journey. The suffering? Not so much, though it might depend on what you get out of that suffering. Doesn’t make it any more fun, of course, but it can make it far more rewarding; especially if you come out on top.

Now, there are other things that need to be taken into consideration but that can all wait until another time at another point in another day, which I guess is another time. All depends on how it is that you are looking to perceive time at any given time, if there is indeed any time at all.

I think that I’ve hit the end of what it is that I can and cannot say at this particular point in time, so instead of going on I think I’m going to pull out my book of sketches and start sketching things in the hopes that something comes forward. It has been a few days and I really want to get back into sketching, which is something I used to do… well, not quite a lot of, but something fairly regularly. I’m at work and it is quite quiet, so who is to say that I should not capitalise on the current time I have?

Maybe I will, but first I need to slow down time.

The time it took to write one thousand words: 10:23:98

I think there is a point (or perhaps points) in this. I think.

I was near the end of my lunch break when I wrote this. Felt like doing a little bit more writing for the day.

Well, it certainly turned out.

Written at home.

About Stupidity Hole

I'm some guy that does stuff. Hoping to one day fill the internet with enough insane ramblings to impress a cannibal rat ship. I do more than I probably should. I have a page called MS Paint Masterpieces that you may be interested in checking out. I also co-run Culture Eater, an online zine for covering the arts among other things. We're on Patreon!
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