There are a lot of things I don’t like. There are a lot of things I don’t like to do. And unfortunately, there are a lot of things I don’t want to do that I have to do.
I don’t like taking showers. I really hate it, actually. It’s so repetitive and boring. Every time you do the exact same thing. And every time it takes way too long. Even if it’s only a two minute shower, you have to dry off and put your clothes back on, and fix your hair and … It’s just so annoying. But I have to do it. I have to take showers every day so that I don’t stink. No matter how much I don’t like it, it’s good for me, and it’s good for everyone around me.
I don’t want to go to work most days. There are so many things I’d rather be doing than going to work and sitting at a desk all day. But I have to do it. I have to support my husband while he’s in school, and to support him, I have to go to work.
I’m trying to be more positive about the things I don’t want to do. It’s a slow process, and I haven’t made much progress just yet, but I’m working on it. I’m trying to be happier while I’m doing the things I don’t want to do. To do this, I’m taking the time I’m using doing things I don’t want to, and spending it on things I want to do.
For example, when I shower, there’s nothing to distract me. I have to go through the mundane process of soaping and rinsing, and I have nothing else to do. So, while I’m showering I can brainstorm future blog post ideas. I can think about and plot out the book I want to write. I can listen to podcasts that better myself as an individual and help me in my writing or my reading.
While I’m at work, I have a lot of downtime where I have nothing to do. I used that downtime to work on my New Year’s resolution of reading through the alphabet. I write a few blog posts, and I look for freelance writing positions.
Because I’m doing all these things that will (hopefully) help me later on, I can view this time as positive and beneficial. I’m spending my time doing what I don’t want to do getting ready for the time when I’ll get to do what I want to do.
Image taken from rawper, “How To Get Out Of Stuff You Don’t Want To Do“