Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Having the World to Yourself....
How often do we find ourself alone in the house or elsewhere, moping around with nothing to do? This makes some people feel very lonely. especially if age has caught up on you and all the kids have left the coop to set up their own homes. Even the young people are not entirely free from such bouts of loneliness and boredom. The TV or radio is perhaps the best company to reduce the loneliness or, for the younger generation, the handphone and the computer ( with the internet, fb, videogames etc.) would become the best of friends.
For the elderly even the TV, radio and Internet or FB might not help. Songs, dances and "the soap" ( TV dramas) might not be of interest anymore while you need many friends to make FB and the chat-boxes interesting. As one young and charming executivesaid about a fellow worker, while other members of a working lab took a rest to contact friends on FB, an elder member was preparing an organization chart. No FB friends to banter around with.What a pity.
But do we know that some people just like to be alone? As one author said, "I'm never less alone than when I'm alone." Probably, writers are the people who love to be alone with their imagination, dreaming up characters and plots for their novel or plays, or doing research for their non-fiction or academic work. Even if they love company ( the more so with sweet, young and vibrant characters to breathe life into their stories), their work must be done alone, often punching the keyboard late into the ghostly hours of the night. Hey, young bloggers and aspiring writers must have experienced that already. Deep thoughts don't come in a rowdy ( or even randy) discussion. Only witty, humorous or some crazy lines may crop up. Deep thinking is a lonesome job.
It is indeed when you're alone doing some deep thinking or admiring the wondrous beauty of nature or the enigmatic product of human ingenuity, that you feel the world belongs to you. It's all yours to admire and absorb, from earth to sky from the visible to the unseen. You may call for, conjure up and conjecture on anything and everything you want. Yes. But many people call that dreaming, daydreaming, musing away or just 'sit and stare'. What we seldom realize is that it is in those moments that we discover more about ourselves. what we are and what we are not. Sometimes we feel sad, sometimes we smile. But don't smile too long or somebody passing by who sees you will think that you're heading for the psycho-ward.
Of course you can't sit and mope around alone in the house all day. After a good breakfast a walk around in the vicinity of the residential area where you live, is good for health. Noting some of the early morning activities that housewives and the maids do is good for the soul. A good rest after that with the newspapers or magazines is a good post-career indulgence, with the radio dishing some soft and sweet music. If you fall asleep, well.. you might really be losing out on the clarion call of life. Otherwise, after the rest you're ready for work and fun on the computer. If you're a non-retiring businessmen (or women), there will of course be plenty to do, whether necessary or not. The least you can do is bother a lot of people, hehehe. If you're into blogging, facebooking, or video-gaming, there's no telling when you'll stop. You might even appear late for lunch.
Afternoon siesta? No, that's not good. It's time to do the little housework that you didn't execute in the morning. There's plenty to do around the house really that we never get to know when we are or were working eight-five. Tending to the garden (better in the morning and don't water the plants in the heat of noon or you'll kill them), feeding the fish or cleaning up the tank or pond, giving the car(s) a little wash for exercise's sake or just to deny the professional car-washers some of their income, and for the serious lovers of the green earth, gardening, is most appropriate. Hey, it's a good and refreshing work, as good as a workout in the gym. For the ladies, of course you've more than enough chores in the house itself.
Well, if you begin the day with those little tips for whatever they are worth, no days will be dull or boring. Each day is a gift of God to savour and enjoy. The only thing is we have different ways of enjoying ourselves and different things that we enjoy. But those who love reading and writing will never find enough time to satisfy their desire to seek and share their thoughts and feelings with the world....