The Poetry Question

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QOTD- Is Your Time Free?



A few years ago I took a trip up to Portland for the weekend because I had stumbled upon a ticket to go and see Henry Rollins speak.

I don’t remember much about the content of the talk. He paced around and cracked some jokes, ranted angrily about then-President Bush and told a story about riding trains in Siberia. But one line he said really stuck out to me, which is why I’m bringing it up now.

He said something like, “I don’t believe in free time. There’s just time. You either use it or you don’t.”

It’s not a surprising sentiment from a man as endlessly energetic and frighteningly intense as Rollins, but it did rattle me a little bit. I had never thought of it that way. To me, free time was a necessary reward for doing anything at all. For as long as I have had a job my working moments have been filled with the thought of the beautiful nothing I will be able to do after.

But life speeds up as you get older, and all that free time starts to look like time wasted.

Is your free time wasted time? Or is it necessary?



About Doran Simmons

I'm a writer and a camper and a keeper of fish. I was trained as a flight instructor and work day jobs and write nonsense for public consumption (hopefully).

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