Damn Calendars

It’s happening again. My calendar is attempting to control my life. It’s attempting to take charge of every day, forcing me into a regimen of rigid discipline. The calendar clamps my freedom in its powerful jaws, refusing me the flexibility to do with a day what I will. Instead, it insists on an exacting schedule that grips me so tight I can’t breathe.

I have allowed this to happen. I’ve permitted the universe to impose an agenda on me, rather than impose my own agenda on the universe. That’s the problem with calendars. They connive and cajole and collude and conspire to usurp one’s free will, replacing volition with harsh demands.

Calendars engage in their demonic undertakings the way vicious clowns lure children into houses of horror, with sweets and candies. They use seduction to schedule attractive engagements, then drag us into hour upon hour of unpleasant obligations in what I like to call the “between times.” That is, the times between choice, the mandates that straddle opportunities.

I’m considering the pros and cons of setting fire to my calendars or drowning them in thick tar so they can’t escape and take control, again, of every waking hour.

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"Love not what you are but what you may become."― Miguel de Cervantes
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2 Responses to Damn Calendars

  1. I envy you and the absence of calendars in your life, Bev. Most of my calendar “requirements” are of my own making. I am to blame. 😉

  2. bev wigney says:

    I don’t like calendars. Each year, I buy one that is created by some biologist-artist friends — but I just look at the paintings, read the text, and then put them on the bookshelf. I don’t get involved in too many things that have a set day and time. I had a full calendar for many years — almost every day of every week. Now, nope. I just putz around, doing my own thing, with brief forays to play music with friends. I know you’re in a different situation. Probably lots of stuff on the calendar. What a pain.

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