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A Few Ramblings About Quality of Life

A short thread on App.net that I participated in after publishing the previous post in this space got me thinking. You can read that thread here.

Done reading that? Good. Let’s continue.

What that thread got me thinking about was quality of life. That’s an interesting concept that’s endlessly debated. And which will continue to be. I’ve found that quality of life means many things to many people. For me, quality of life is a cut-and-dry concept.

Quality of life has nothing to do with systems.

Quality of life has nothing to do with tools or technology.

Quality of life has everything to do with you. With the conscious decisions that you make to create that quality of life.

For me, the idea of quality of life is wrapped around having time to do the things that you want to do, or even not do anything.

Take some of my lifehacking, foodie friends for example. They know I’m not the fastest cook. Not by a long shot. And they know that my technique in the kitchen leaves a lot to be desired. Said friends keep giving me advice about how to shave five or 10 minutes off prep and cooking time. While I appreciate the advice, I generally don’t follow it.

Why? Sure, I’m a slow cook. But when I’m cooking or getting ready to cook, I’m living in the moment. I’m enjoying what I’m doing. I don’t care about those extra five or 10 minutes that my friends are urging me to trim from that time. Anyway, I probably won’t use or notice that extra time. Those five or 10 minutes that I could shave off the tasks? They probably won’t contribute to my quality of life in any meaningful way.

Because I’m enjoying myself (whether cooking or doing something else), my quality of life if what I want it to be. I’m happy. I’m doing what I want to do in the way I want to do it. Nothing else matters.

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