I was just thinking when was the last time I got home from work and did nothing but slump on the lounge and watch TV all night. Or at least the equivalent – just relaxing and essentially doing nothing but passive activities. And I can’t recall the last time that happened.

I’m always buzzing around, doing stuff. Making comics, or writing annotations, or composing puzzles, or tinkering away with code, or doing some 3D rendering – or writing blog posts. Occasionally I’ll do some housework or home maintenance stuff, or if I get really wacky I’ll start pulling out ingredients and make a batch of cookies or something. If I really don’t feel like doing any of those, and it comes down to the last resort, I go through my collection of unprocessed photos and play with them in Photoshop and post some to my Flickr page.

I don’t just kick back and say, “What’s on TV?” I watch some TV, when I know there’s something on that I want to watch. But I never channel surf. I’ve always got half a dozen more interesting things to do.

I’m beginning to think that for me, noodling around, playing with ideas, making things, doing creative activities – is relaxing. Sitting in front of a TV isn’t.

3 Responses to “Relaxing”

  1. Mike Darke says:

    That sounds like relaxing to me. Work with the hands, in particular.

    TV is not relaxing; it’s anaesthetising. That is, it puts you to sleep with a poison.

  2. TV is not relaxing; it’s anaesthetising. That is, it puts you to sleep with a poison.

  3. Jebofu says:

    Indeed, TV isn’t relaxing. Personally, I find it’s because TV is so slow I always end up doing something else in my head and cringing at the thought of what I could do with this time. Alas, my fiancĂ©e thinks it’s relaxing especially if we do it together…

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