I want to give some insight on how I spend my time. I’ve been alive for approximately 10,350 days. That’s 248,400 hours of time. Let’s just deduct 40,000 hours because for 5 years of development I’m not sure you can really accomplish anything but the basics. Another 1/3rd of those hours are going to be used for sleeping and that’s just an approximation. That gives about 133,000 hours of lets say “practice”. What we are practicing for is actually a really good question that I’m not going to get into in this post. 1600 hours a year are being put towards school and from 5 to 21 is 16 years. That’s another 25,000 hours. For the past 7 years we add another 2000 hours of work or 14,000 more hours. This will gives us a bit less than 100,000 hours of free time to do whatever we want. Malcom Gladwell says that to be an expert on something you need to have practiced the task for 10,000 hours. With this simple computation, I could be an expert on about 10 things. Alas, I am not. In this next paragraph I will give you an idea of hour I have spent these 100,000 free hours to do whatever I want.
– The most obvious thing is running. 4 full high school years with 3 seasons each of XC and track plus everything after that have accumulated to more than 10,000 hours. It’s why I started rnningforum.com. It’s something I actually know about.
– I wasted a ton of time playing video games in high school and through some of college. Platform games on NES, Genesis, N64, Playstation, Playstation2. Xbox, and all the Blizzard games. Plus who can forget my absolute favorite Soldier of Fortune. I think I can attribute another 10,000 hours to this. Possibly more. Possibly way more. It’s why I have an aversion to games at my age because I realize how much time was wasted doing this. Sure it’s fun but it doesn’t really develop much but your mind and hand eye.
– I have started reading a lot. I’ve read all the Game of Thrones, the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, the Hunger Games, Klosterman, Gladwell, Ayn Rand, Kurt Vonnegut, George Orwell, books on negotiation, self help, and all the other nooks and crannies. I get enjoyment out of reading and I have read more than the average person. That’s why when I write that to call the Hunger Games great is laughable when comparing to actual books where characters are actually developed.
– Games have been a part of my life. From basketball, baseball, soccer, golf, table tennis, pool, poker, chess, and many others pique my interest. I usually play them until I get to the point where I realize that I can’t get any better and there is no point of continuing on. In baseball I quit before pitchers started throwing curveballs. In basketball I quit when I was cut from the 7th grade team. I basically put forth effort to get relatively good and then get tired and do something else. These are all leisure activities and I treat them as such. I have no competitive nature. I want to win but don’t care if I do if that makes sense. I try as hard as I can and that’s where I leave it.
– TV and Movies – I’ve watched a good amount of quality programming. From Sopranos, to the Wire, to Dexter, to Breaking Bad, to Full House, to Saved by the Bell, to Family Matters, to Doug the list goes on and on. This can probably be considered a waste of time but at least it’s entertainment and not destructive.
– Drinking finishes this list. I’m an expert at drinking. If I give you advice on drinking its because I know practically all there is to know. I know what beers are good values and what beers are a waste of money. I know this last category is ridiculous but I’ve spent a lot of time at it. This is one obvious place I’ve spent my time. My opinion means something when it comes to getting drunk.
That’s it in a nut shell. I just summed up my life in a blog entry. It’s that simple. I picture the Earth and the 6 or 7 billion people on it and wonder what others would write if they did this exercise. It’s sad that I just did this in half an hour. Is your list much better?