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What would day-to-day life be like? Sure, I’d pump money into my station and my label, and I’ve no doubt that I would write. And I’d probably insulate myself a bit, not burning bridges but just not being quite so accessible.
But how would I live? What would I do differently than what I’m doing right now?
I tried to imagine what a day in that kind of life would be like. And one of the first things that came to me was that if I was bestowed with sudden-wealth, I would sleep in almost every day. Seems a little too easy, but wouldn’t you? If you were only working for yourself, wouldn’t you ditch the alarm clock and treat yourself to a luxury that, let’s face it, most of us rarely get to engage in once we’re out in the Real World.
I don’t mean that I’d sleep my life away. Not at all. But I tend to work a lot these days. And I’ve been existing on 5-6 hours of sleep a night, making up a little of it when the weekend rolls around. If you’ve ever done that, you know that you really never make it up. Maybe a little, but you don’t have replenish the deficit.
I still have kids, and other responsibilities, so I may not be able to do that every night after I win the lottery. But I’m pretty sure I could do it more often than not. And it would be one of the luxuries I could have that wouldn’t cost a cent.
So why not do it now?
Well, I can’t really ditch the alarm clock. But I can adjust my schedule a bit. Make myself more of a priority. There are all kinds of studies that come out, and keep coming out, tying lack of sleep to all kinds of health problems. And if I had millions in the bank, or in the vault behind the Rembrandt in my study, or piled on the floor so I can just roll around in it, I’d want to live long enough to enjoy it, right?
And it isn’t just about me. Getting more sleep is a way to take better care of myself, which might help me stay around a little longer for those who like having me around. On those rare occasions when I have had sufficient sleep, I feel better, think better, behave better. I’m better to be around, and I treat others better.
So I’ve started doing this, and it’s already paying off big dividends. I may work just a little less, but I’m more productive when I do work. I still have all the same daily responsibilities – work-stress, kid-stress and sometimes just regular old life-stress. But my attitude is different, which makes EVERYTHING different.
For the last week or week-and-a-half, I’ve gotten an average of seven-and-a-half hours of sleep a night. I can’t quite do this every time. I still overwork and get occasionally overwhelmed by the job, the bills and the other stuff that we all have to deal with. But overall, I feel better. None of the day-to-day stuff seems so drowning to me. I feel like I just might be able to handle it. In fact, I feel better than that.
I feel like a million bucks.
P.S. - Hi Marvin! It's all there, Stellar Nights, perfume (Chanel#5) and burning bridges!