Uh Oh. Huston, we have a problem. Ok, I may be over exaggerating on this and I do admit that in the grand scheme of things, this isn’t really a problem, but lets put aside the real issues in our current world and escape into a parallel world for a few minutes, shall we?
I am at a cross-roads, of sorts, when it comes to my “free time” and how best to spend it. To clarify, its not whether I should do, say, yard work vs. gaming. No no, my issue is much deeper than that:
I have too many options and not enough time.
This may seem like a nerd’s dream but alas, its a nightmare of epic proportions! My free time consists of about 2-2.5 hours on weeknights, after my kids are asleep. Starting this week, two of those nights are down to about 1-1.5 hours as the kids have soccer. So my time is limited. My problem is, I have a bunch of TV shows, Movies, Comics and Games that I want to delve into and how do I do that with my aforementioned limited time? Lets face it, its not really feasible to break up a 2-hour chunk of time to do two of those things. Now, I could watch two different shows (if they’re an hour each), but what if I want to watch the following episode of the first show?
Currently, I have immersed my self with my PS4 and playing Doom and GTA5. Both of these are new games to me and I have only gotten about 25% of the way through Doom and played 0.98% of GTA5. On top of that, I want to watch the 2nd half of The Getdown (just read the show was cancelled by Netlfix today), the 2nd season of Master of None, the new seasons of House of Cards and Bloodline, the last 8 episodes of this seasons Arrow, the…you know what? Forget it. Lets just agree that there are too many shows.
Oh wait, one more…I want to re-watch all the Game of Thrones seasons before season 7 drops in July. I may have to end up settling for season 6, I don’t know. Speaking of GoT, did you catch that amazing new trailer for season 7? Fuck, I cannot wait for this season.
Ok, so we’ve established that I have more television shows/episodes to watch than there are days this year. Lets not forget the movies that I want to watch, including those that are in theatres or coming soon (I’m looking at you, Wonder Woman and Spider-Man).
And finally…my comics. I have been reading a lot of comic books lately and I cannot get enough of these amazing, wonderful stories. If you haven’t, pick up the mini-series The Vision and Identity Crisis. Both of these are phenomenal. On top of that are the weekly issues I read….
Ugh. Its all too much, isn’t it? And its such a stupid fucking thing to complain about but I figure I cant be the only one who is having this….this scheduling problem. I want to do it all but I cant! I just don’t have the time and I don’t want to sacrifice anything.
What I imagine will happen is, time will get the best of me. The summer months are coming and with it are the later evenings spent chatting with the neighbours, drinking by the pool and some of these activities will be relegated to being “fall and winter activities”. It’ll likely end up being the TV shows, to be honest. Sure, I wont be able to game as much. I will try to make time to watch a movie here and there at home and I will always make the time to go to the theatre to see the big movies.
Regardless, that’s where I currently stand. Tonight I will have 2-2.5 hours of “free time” and I have to make a decision on how best to spend that time. And I really have no idea what to choose. This is truly a problematic scheduling conundrum.