Using your free time well is one of the hardest things to do. You have to be able to do the right things, with no boss, no escapes, and no distractions.

And it’s just something that we’re not used to; something that goes against the narrative. The narrative is that we’re raised in a busy 9 to 5 society, where we escape reality on the weekends, and where retirement is when we “finally” get to do what we want.

And we’re so used to this narrative that the only thing free time brings is a crushing anxiety that we’ll do anything to get rid of. And so we engage in endless escapes and distractions to appease it.

But as the Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard once remarked, “Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom.”

It is in anxiety where we ought to thrive. It is here, in the present, that we ought to do the right things for ourselves; the things that make us our greatest selves. And the more we practice doing the right things with our free time, the more our free time will automatically lead to doing the right things.

Distraction is the only thing that consoles us for miseries and yet it is itself the greatest of our miseries. ― Blaise Pascal

To venture causes anxiety, but not to venture is to lose one's self… And to venture in the highest is precisely to be conscious of one's self. ― Søren Kierkegaard

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