A Colossal Waste of Time

A Colossal Waste of Time

Four hours of driving seems like a colossal waste of time.

Last night I drove from Vienna (Austria) to Zagreb (Croatia). It wasn’t cheap. Apart from the cost of the rental car, the gas/petrol, the toll road, the Slovenian vignette (15 euros?! Geez, it’s a crime!), and the parking fee, it cost me 4 hours of driving. That’s four hours of staring ahead, into the darkness, with only cars, trucks, and the occasional bored public servant in his little toll or customs house sliding by.

And 4 hours of thinking.

When I travel by plane or train it’s different. When there’s someone else steering the machine I can read or write, or create presentations, or make plans for ruling the world. But not in a car.

I remember long ago I asked my father why he liked fishing. He said he enjoyed doing nothing, just staring at the little float in the water, and allowing his mind to wander. I didn’t understand it at the time. It sounded like a colossal waste of time to me.

And I still don’t get the point of hurling stinky animals out of the water, and then throwing them back in with a trauma and ruined lips.

But I look forward to wasting another 4 hours tomorrow, back to Vienna.

When have you wasted your time?

(image: Sean McGrath)

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  • Pia-Maria Thoren

    I used to waste my time as well – until I discovered that I could listen to soundbooks from for example Audible – you just download and listen to great litterature like Gary Hamel or Steve Denning or some unknown great author. This can be done while driving, cleaning, excercising, watching TV (if you are not so interested, but just sit there to be polite 🙂

    I never have time to sit and read, so nowadays I always listen to books when I do something else that don’t require my brain, only my body. Some people would probably argue that it’s good for you to do nothing sometimes, but I find it extremely valuable to be able to learn stuff while doing other things.

  • Pia-Maria Thoren

    And by the way, drive safe! 🙂

  • Wanja Krah

    I love driving in the dark on almost empty roads. However, my challenge is not to let my mind wander from time to time, but rather to limit the amount of time and scope my mind tends to wander to. In order to do so I also love to drive fast. Unfortunately ,driving fast sometimes leads to a waste of money. That, and audio-books (spend 62 hours once listening to Atlas Shrugged 🙂 ) .

  • indigo777

    Hmm. I don’t take driving as a waste of time. To me, this is one of relaxation practices, that helps to set back and recharge the mind. I like long drives on highways with service areas. And I enjoy the rolling change of places, weather and times of the day.

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