24 Hours- New Balance Needed Throughout the Day

This is not confirmed or anything (by me anyway), but I’ve got a feeling some bs system of government created the 24 hours in a day routine. I think the idea behind it was to create a balanced quality of life while also putting a good amount of time into working, thus being useful to society and the economy.

For these reasons, the phrase 24 hours a day came into existence. I believe it was originally intended to separate the major aspects of our lives into thirds. 8 hours of sleep, 8 hours of work, and 8 hours of personal time.

The trouble is, that system doesn’t work- at all! And it’s all because we have allowed the government to so fully take over our lives, that all we do is dedicate our time to work, or else spending money. We are so desperate for this money to spend, that we don’t even seem to mind this less than stellar way of living. We have one life to live, and probably 45% of it is spent working, 40% sleeping, and 15% doing what we want. What a great way to live…

So going back to the 8/8/8 hour separation. We have 8 hours of work, right? Wrong! Each day you wake up early to get ready for work. This amount of time is very different for each individual, but for argument’s sake, let’s say this takes an hour. Shower, make-up, clothing, all the works. Are you working here? No, but it’s all in preparation for work.

Next, most people have to drive or otherwise transport themselves to work. Again, this takes each person a varying amount of time, but the average may be something like an hour commute. Some people have significantly smaller, and some larger of course. Commuting happens twice a day, so before we even put actual work into the mix, 3 hours of our 8 designated for “free time” is used up, just to get to and from our job.

Okay, so now we finally get to work. That’s 8 hours. Except it’s not. Most jobs have an 8 and a half hour day, because God forbid companies actually pay us for the usually mandated half-half hour lunch. So that’s 30 minutes of your free time used up in the middle of the work day, 30 minutes in a place you don’t want to be, doing what you don’t want to do. Superb!

So after your shift ends, you take the long commute home, unless of course you have to work overtime. I feel like many people work plenty of overtime. Depending on the job, shift, work-load, whatever… most people probably wind up working about 10 hours a day at their job, whether by choice or requirement, mainly because companies do not give a damn about quality of life, or because they pay so low that folks are completely desperate for a bit of extra cash just to get by.

So by the time you get home, there’s already over half the day gone, 13 hours roughly.

So our 8 hours of free time have now been cut down to 3 hours. And what do you do in those three hours? You might relax, you might collapse on the couch, exhausted from a hard days work, too spent to actually enjoy yourself. But you’ve got to cook dinner, go shopping, clean the house, pick up or drop off the kids somewhere…basically you spend it caring for your home or others. Before you know it the moon is shining, your eyes are drooping, and that soft bed is calling your name.

But you’ve still got stuff to do, or you actually want to enjoy your life somewhat, so you stay up later than you should, thus dipping into your 8 hours of sleep.

When you finally concede to sleep for those short 5-7 hours, it is restless and interrupted, because you’re too stressed out about going to work the next day, or paying the bills, or finishing up some house project or worrying about the kids or something. Your mind is doing anything but sleeping.

Then you wake up groggily, a big reason why you give yourself an hour to go to work, and it takes a while for the engine to warm up, and the cycle starts all over again.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could work 4 days, and have three off?

Nope. Can’t do that. Cuz then we would all starve.

We have one life to live, and it f-ing sucks.

The Best Romances In Media

You know how every now and then you’ll be watching a movie or TV show, or reading a book, and you’re blown away by the on-screen chemistry between actors, and/or the way they are written and all that?

It really nails home the feeling these characters have for each other, and makes it incredible to watch or read about, and makes it so very believable and awe-inspiring.

So today, I will be starting a running list of romances that I think are some of the best of all time.

Though forgive me, for I can’t think of too many at this time.

*Note these are in no particular order.*

Charles & Caroline Ingalls

(Little House on the Prairie TV Series)

charles and caroline

This is a very well written show, and the father and mother of the main family’s relationship is no exception.

Despite constantly facing hard times, working their butts off always or dealing with raising a handful of slightly troublesome daughters, they always manage to stay positive and cheerful.

There are many scenes where the two of them goof of and laugh together, and share sweet, tender moments, and it’s all so adorable and believable that this is a caring, loving couple whose bond holds their family together, no matter what happens.

 

 

Rocky & Adrian Balboa

(Rocky movie series)

rocky and adrian

These two have an infectious chemistry right from their first scene together, despite Adrian saying two words to Rocky. Throughout the series, their bond grows stronger, and despite going through really rough times, and really great times, their love never wavers, but grows stronger. They support each other through the bad, and rejoice together when things go well.

The scene in Rocky II when they are walking through a park after they find out Adrian is pregnant, talking about what they want their kid to be like is one of my favorite movie scenes of all time. It’s so natural and simple, and so cute. It’s hard to believe they’re acting here, it’s that good.

 

Kara Danvers & Mon-el

(Supergirl TV Series)

kara and mon el

This is probably the best on-screen couple I have ever seen. Despite being from two rival planets, these two fall in love hard, and the interactions are jaw-dropping. Not even because of their lines, it’s way the look at each other, touch each other, kiss, cuddle… all of it seems so real.

And then I found out the actors were actually married in real life, so it pretty much was real. And it aided their fake relationship immensely.

Peter Parker And Mary Jane Watson

(Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man Trilogy)

peter and mj

This one has a lot to do with the way it’s written. This relationship is quite the roller coaster, and the actors nail every point, low or high.

The emotion of each character is so powerful, and portrayed beautifully. Each interaction has me practically holding my breath, for it’s so incredible to watch the points where they love each other, and yet has me full of anxiety during the edgy parts.

From their shy beginnings, when they are just friends, to the moment of climax when they fall in love, to when they fall apart, and come back, repeatedly, it’s all amazing.

 

And that’s all I can think of at the moment.

What relationships do you find extraordinary?