Freeing the 60 Blog

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Kofi Annan:  Young people should be at the forefront of global change and innovation. Empowered, they can be key agents for development and peace.  If, however, they are left on society’s margins, all of us will be impoverished.  Let us ensure that all young people have every opportunity to participate fully in the lives of their societies.

What is free time?  Do you have any?  Do you think you need to be doing something 24/7 (minus a few hours to sleep)?

Of course, we all have the same amount of hours in the day.  It’s just how you choose to use those hours.  Work (and commuting to and from) may take up nine or ten hours of your day.  We should all get between seven and eight hours of sleep a night.  That leaves a single-digit number of hours to do “something.”

I choose to spend some of my extra hours playing Words with Friends and watching that day’s DVR’d Ellen.  Maybe a little bit of Designated Survivor or The Voice.  The weekend is when I try to catch up on a week’s worth of Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and The Late Late Show with James Corden.  Yes, by the time the weekend rolls around, the DVR is showing little free space.  The goal on Sunday night is to delete many hours worth of shows.  And then there’s monthly bunco, bingo and book club.  When could I find extra time?

I was talking to a friend yesterday who thinks she wants to do more to “give back to the world” instead of sitting around watching TV.  Well, now that she said that, I’ve got some guilt because I’m not trying to save the world.  Currently.  What does one individual do to make a difference?

Regardless of how you feel about today’s political climate, whether you want to keep the status quo or change the elected officials currently in office, it’s been suggested that everyday folk like you and me should start small if we want to make a difference.  Run for a seat on the local school board.  Serve on your homeowners’ association board. Small does equal mighty.

Are we too old to fight for change?  Is our free time too precious to serve on the board of the water district or volunteer at the library?




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