Taking Some Days Off
On Saturday I had the premiere of the play „Michel in der Suppenschüssel“ (a theater adaption of “Emil of Lönneberga” by Astrid Lindgren). As I’m a freelance actor for a children’s theater and we don’t produce as many plays as regular theaters I don’t usually have another theater project after one is “finished” (of course a premiere doesn’t mean it stops but at least the work progress and the rehearsals are over).
After the premiere or phases were I play very often I always need some time to re-adjust: Not that I don’t have enough projects to work on outside of the theater but it’s very different to work with a group of people in a theater and to work alone at home.
These days I don’t feel like working a lot. I feel a bit like I’m on vacation. Sure I cleaned my apartment, sure I followed through on my 30 day trial of delivering value, sure I tried to write down some words and tunes. But I also sleep a lot more than usual and feel unusually fulfilled by lying around and just “consuming”.
For example I started Stephen King’s “The Langoliers” on Monday, finished it on Tuesday and began watching the movie on the same day. I watched “The Happening” again yesterday and a lot of episodes of “Friends”. I’m glad I have this luxury of taking a few days off now and then. It’s the luxury of time. A few years ago I would have beat myself up for not being able to be productive. But I’ve got another perspective now: You can’t be productive if you don’t enjoy your time.