How long could you handle doing basically nothing?
Last weekend I was on vacation, and I have very few good vacation stories or photos, because it was intentionally more of a “do nothing”-style vacation. No adventures, no excursions, no tourist destinations, not even very many activities. Sometimes, that’s nice.
But on the last day I had a vacation-induced thought: sitting around doing nothing is ‘relaxing’ after a busy or stressful work period, but doing nothing for too long would surely drive a person crazy in the end. Without much purpose or any concrete goals or productivity, doesn’t life quickly become empty?
Let’s say “doing nothing” has a few boundaries: you can do vacation-type things like play games, read books or magazines, eat and drink or even go to bars or clubs or restaurants. But once you do anything that could be considered work, or productive, you’re not “doing nothing” any more. So no writing, creating, building. Even gardening or decorating or demanding chores are off limits. In this scenario you’re not fantastically wealthy but you’re wealthy enough not to worry and to have a well-above-average lifestyle and budget. You can be wherever you want, but you have to stay there: traveling to a new place every day is too much of an adventure, and wouldn’t count as “doing nothing”. So.
How long do you think you could go doing essentially nothing?
What would you fill your time with in order to “do nothing” for as long as possible?
What people could you do nothing with the longest?