I’ve been suffering lately from something I have decided to call Lazy Guilt. Lazy Guilt is an inability to enjoy the immense joy of sitting at home doing nothing because you’re too busy feeling guilty about all the things you know you should be doing instead.
Right now I’m having an internal debate because there are empty cardboard boxes in my garage I know I should be taking to the garbage dump but I just can’t be bothered putting them in the car and going there. So, if I’m not going to take the rubbish to the dump, I should be fixing the paint on the walls, cleaning and conditioning the leather on the couch or one of the many other things I know I should be doing but don’t want to.
I’m sure there are people out there who do all these things then have a relax. Who don’t have dust on their bookshelves, have perfectly conditioned sofas and never have random rubbish overflowing in the garage. In fact, I know they exist because I am the spawn of one of them. My mother is one of these people who always has a spotless home, no build up of dirty towels in the laundry and actually cleans the windows.
I often refer to her as Superwoman, which is part awe that she achieves everything she does in the same 24 hours as everyone else, and part guilt that I haven’t inherited that trait.
The Viking does not suffer from Lazy Guilt. I’m not sure how this is. Right now he is lying on the futon reading reddit, watching stand up comedy enjoying the long weekend before all the kids come back for Term 1. He’s the one who is encouraging me not to put all the rubbish in the car and take it to the dump, telling me to just relax and enjoy the day. Wanting me to do crazy things like, I don’t know, actually spending time with him.
But I can’t.
Even if I make the conscious decision not to do anything, I’m going to sit here feeling anxious about all the things I haven’t done and convinced it will somehow make a difference if I clean the sofa today or some other day.
You know how this is going to end, right? I’m going to end up cleaning the damn sofa…
Do you suffer from Lazy Guilt?