There is a saying: Why do today what you can put off until tomorrow? Perhaps, this is spouted only by lazy or indecisive people, but the thought must have occurred to most. I have come up with a new variety of the same theme: Why do today what you can put off forever?
Humans are presented with endless choices of how to fill the time between birth and death. Often, time is limited by demands of job, family, peer-group, etc. Still, all have some free time, during which choices must be made. Many choices result in little value to anyone, but value is rarely a consideration. Personal enjoyment, effort needed, cost, satisfaction, or whatever play a role. When one has a lot of time, the choice becomes more difficult, even if that sounds like an oxymoron. I often ask myself a question: What is the best use of my time? The answer is rarely anything useful...
I admit to procrastinating at performing certain tasks around the house. My usual response to my wife's query about delay: "I'm thinking about it". This takes the heat off for the moment, because such a statement can lend even the simplest task a certain gravitas. How can she know that repairing or renovating something does not require special tools, architectural drawings, or zen preparation?
That's why I have to tip my hat to Hagar, a master of ingenious excuses for inactivity.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.