It’s Not Worth It

With age, comes wisdom. Particularly the wisdom to know that time is short and spending our precious minutes and hours on things that don’t fulfill us is, well, a waste of time.

I get it. Beds must be made and laundry must be folded. (Yes, it must. Do not argue with me on this.) Life isn’t all fun. But over the years I’ve gotten better at discerning what’s worth my attention and what isn’t.

Life isn’t all fun. But over the years I’ve gotten better at discerning what’s worth my attention and what isn’t.

For example, a couple of months ago my company changed wellness providers. Our new provider sent us step trackers. If we log a certain number of steps each day, we can earn up to $1000 toward our deductibles and medical costs. Not a bad deal, right?

But not for me. I tried to log on but we all know technology hates me and finally our HR department had to make a call to get my tracker straightened out. Then there’s the matter of having to clip the tracker to my clothes, workout and day. I already wear a Garmin and record my daily workouts on two separate sites. I don’t need a third.

It took less than 48 hours for me to decide, “Not worth it.” I’d rather lose out on earning money then add to the daily hassle of life with something I find irksome.

Others things not worth it to me: cleaning my own car. “It takes all of two minutes to vacuum out your trunk,” people tell me. Great. Then I won’t feel like I’m imposing on the people I pay to do it.

Understanding technology? Not worth it. No, I do not care to understand why my website operates a certain way and the many functions of which it’s capable that I don’t take advantage of. I want to post to my blog and ignore the rest of it. I’ll pay you to fix it if there’s a problem.

Likewise with my iPhone. It’s been telling me for five weeks that I’m out of storage and people keep giving me tips on how to clear it out. Don’t care. This is why God and Steve Jobs made the Genius Bar. So I don’t have to deal with it.

What is interesting is what other people can’t be bothered with that I can. Cooking? I’ll do it. Painting a room? All over it. Taking the time to make a good pot of French Press coffee? Yes, yes and yes.

How about it? What’s worth your time and what’s not? Who knows, maybe we’ll find common ground on which we can barter. I’ll make you coffee while you fix my damn iPhone.