The main thought I came out with after doing this week long project was how fortunate I am to be able to do the things I do on a daily basis. Little things such as showering, eating, watching tv, and so on are things not everyone gets the chance to do. Usually I don’t think twice about simple things I do on a daily basis, but this project got me to realize that. It made me look at these everyday tasks in a new way. I saw how much time I waste watching tv, and being on my lap top and phone doing unproductive things. I also thought about what people would do before tv’s, phones, and computers. I would like to compare a day of mine to someone’s normal day one hundred years ago. Throughout this week I gave a deeper thought to everything I did, not only the seven things I posted. This made me realize that I could be way more efficient with my time and more productive. It had me thinking about why I do the things that I do, and what I am getting out of it. People from a different generation may think the things I do are crazy. Technology has made it possible for me to spend hours doing unproductive tasks that others did not have the ability to do. This project has made me think that I should use my free time more wisely and start doing different things. My days seem to be the same thing over and over again. I realized how fortunate I am to be able to do what I do, and what it would be like if I were in a different situation.
Shower- I find my showers are often the most peaceful times of my day. Whether its in the morning, after practice, or before bed it is always a relaxing time. I also thought about how some do not have showers available for them. I could not imagine what that would be like, and it made me grateful for what I have when thinking about this project.
Cooking- I usually cook something once or twice a day. I never think of how important cooking is. It is a way to save money and get your everyday meals in that you need. It seems like a dumb little task when I go to cook everyday, but looking at the big picture, it is something that I have to do on a daily basis. This also made me think how lucky I am to be able to afford the food I need everyday.
TV- Watching TV is what I do with a lot of my free time. This project did make me think that it is a little strange that we sit in the same spot, sometimes for hours, and watch other people. You would think that staring at a screen for an extended period of time is the opposite of entertainment. But people have very creative ideas for shows, movies, and other things that draw our attention.
Shoes- Most people just throw a pair of shoes on as they are leaving their house. I tend to take a few minutes everyday and pick out a pair. Today I caught myself in a big debate on which ones to wear, and thought to myself that this is ridiculous. I was acting like there was a wrong answer. I thought if there was someone from a long time ago watching me, they would laugh and say what a waste of time it doesn’t matter.
Bed- This project made me think about how essential my bed is and should be. I spend more time in my bed than any other one place everyday. So why not make it the best that you can? As I got in to my bed tonight I plugged in my lap top and phone to their chargers and realized I’m basically doing the same thing to myself. I’m charging myself for the next day.
Fruit snacks- Today I caught myself buying a box of fruit snacks. I go through fruit snacks pretty quickly and buy about a box a week. This got me thinking about how I make little purchases like this all the time that I don’t need. I spend about four dollars a week on fruit snacks. Multiply that by fifty-two and that’s over two hundred dollars a year. With this, and all the other little purchases I make I realize how much money I could save, and that everything adds up.
Study Hall- I have to go to study hall for about two hours a day. When thinking about it, I find it strange that people are being paid to watch us and make sure we get our work done. School is something that we should want to do well in and it is a privilege to have an opportunity to go to college. I don’t disagree with study hall but I think student athletes should be self motivated so they can graduate and be eligible to play.