You’ve heard the Woody Allen joke that in his childhood he didn’t see any point in doing his homework because the universe is expanding and will ultimately explode thus making all endeavor futile?
Well I want to know why if chaos is the natural order of the universe why do I have to clean my house? It’s just going to revert back to its natural state. It’s not that I don’t like to have a tidy house. I do. I love hanging out here when everything is clean and dusted and all things are in their appointed place. Plus, when it’s messy I want to escape and go shopping for new things and make remodeling plans and major changes and upsets and expenses. I have everything I need. Really, I do and a few things I could do without like outstanding credit card balances.
I just don’t want to spend my free time cleaning. Especially when I just have to turn around and clean the same old things next week.
I blame the internet for this. Not that I ever wanted to clean my house before the internet. There are, however, soooo many things on the internet more interesting than cleaning. Every morning I see Facebook posts with interesting videos or links to fascinating websites. Every time I search Google or Wikipedia for one thing I get diverted by some new previously unknown tidbit of information. I’m overwhelmed. I bookmark things so I can find them again, anticipating that sometime in the near future I’ll be able to take the time to research my family tree, watch that video about lost tribes in Borneo, plan a trip to Prague, or read that blog that looked really interesting at the time. Then I forget them. When I do see the link I wonder why I bothered. What was so interesting about that site? Or why was it that I bookmarked Etsy 3 times? I know how to find Etsy without the bookmark, don’t I? I have over a hundred bookmarks of stuff like this. It’s because I want to know all these things, to be a person who explores and learns new things and keeps up.
There’s no way I can keep up. There’s just more information out there than my humble brain can absorb.
So even after I’ve checked my email, Facebook, my horoscope, and the lottery every morning I keep thinking there’s something I’ve missed. Somewhere I have to navigate to next, something online that is worthy of my attention. Like a kid who won’t stop playing a video game long enough to eat.
Just one more game search, just one more. Then I’ll sweep the floor, I promise.