Is it Normal to Fear Free Time?

02/11/2016 15:11

This month I was diagnosed with fear of free time.

Since my last blog to you I have been faced with less free time than ever, yet, all I could think of this past week was exactly that…

Another month gone – only 52 Days until Christmas, and only 59 days until 2017. CraigmoreOnline has again posted a record month (a big thank you to all our new and repeat customers). Due to this fact, free time was only a luxury I received when going to sleep.

This week I met with one of our biggest suppliers; Karcher as we finalized plans for 2017…
We discussed new products, new and improved offers, technology and we found oursleves pondering what the future may be like.
Driverless cars are a constant news item, robotic vacuums or lawnmowers are now commonplace and it seems every electronic company is trying to produce a robot to do everything for us.
With all these inventions to ‘make life easier’ will the result be more free time?

I began contemplating my life if I had more free time on my hands…

I don’t play golf or an instrument and I certainly don’t run marathons (see last post) or cycle down mountains.
However, I do love the sauna in the Slieve Donard Hotel in Newcastle, Co. Down (if you have never been I would add it to your to-do list). But can you really go there on a weekly basis?
On Tuesday, upon discussing the subject of free time with my father I was told stories of his early years of retirement; from travelling up the Amazon river to climbing high Andes mountains to visit missionaries he had supported for many years. He talked of his pedigree Limosin cattle herd and the enjoyment of visiting the cattle market to see other men his age with similar free time on their hands.

I realised after this that my fear of free time stems from the fact I am a self-confessed workaholic.

Even after all my father’s retirement escapades it was short-lived, and within the year he was back on the farm working.
Free time is the result of not working, and to me that makes no sense when I love my job. I have run my own business from the age of 25 and I don’t see why I couldn’t carry on doing this for another 25 years.

Steve Jobs passed away 5 years ago last month at the age of 56. He was the co-founder, chairman, and CEO of Apple. With his vision of affordable personal computers, he launched one of the largest industries of the past decades while still in his early 20s. Steve Jobs remains one of the most inventive and energetic minds in technology.
One of his most prolific quotes is a challenge for us all to consider:

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.”

Steve Jobs


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Geoff Baird

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