I’m lazy. But it’s the lazy people who invented the wheel and the bicycle because they didn’t like walking or carrying things. ~ Lech Walesa
This bike is a Schwinn Cruiser. It’s available at Target. When I recover from my trip to Peru, I think I would like one just like it.
I find it a bit puzzling that the quote above came from Lech Walesa. He’s a Polish activist. Since when was he ever lazy? I wish his “lazy quote” made me feel better about myself but it doesn’t. He may have had lazy moments but I would never think of applying the adjective to Mr. Walesa based on what I know about him. His lifetime achievements are many. I remember that he was constantly in world news in the 70s and 80s. He was an electrician who became the first President of Poland. Doesn’t sound very lazy, does he? (Learn more about him here.)
So…am I lazy? I am, without a doubt, lazy about certain things. Housekeeping is the bugaboo that constantly reminds me I’m a bit on the indolent side. I get out the vacuum cleaner as seldom as possible. I’m allergic to dust (really!) so I don’t like to stir it up. My blinds haven’t been cleaned since the insurance company sent in a cleaning service after my floors had to be refinished. That was about three years ago.
I would like to state here that I’m not a total slob. I clean my kitchen sink and counter tops every morning. I never told you I was unsanitary. I also clean and sanitize the toilets and bathroom sinks on a regular basis. I have some standards. I even change my sheets from time to time. Sheet changing makes me chuckle because it reminds me of a friend who, like me, is divorced and living alone. She said one time that she sleeps on one side of her bed one week and the other side the next week. That way she gets two weeks between linen changes. Another friend and I snickered about that because we tend to get two weeks out of ours without switching sides. Besides, I’m too much of a creature of habit to sleep on that other side. I wouldn’t be able to read my Nook with the lamp on the wrong side.
At my age I don’t focus on my faults in order to denigrate myself. Quite the opposite. I simply like to be realistic about who I am. And if I had enough money I would be totally comfortable with my inability to make myself do certain housecleaning chores. I would hire a housekeeper once or twice a month to do the things I hate doing and get on with it. But alas I cannot. I have made a list of small goals to accomplish before I head out for my grand adventure and yes, the list includes the dusting and vacuuming. I intend to come home to a clean house.
I acknowledge that the procrastinator in me is going to keep moving the undesirable jobs to the bottom of the list and I can rationalize why I should do that. If I dust and vacuum too soon, everything will need more cleaning before I leave. I can’t have that! I have things to do, places to go, and people to see. Important things, places, and people–to me anyway. Last week, for example, I required most of the week to sew a beautiful, shiny, silky pink dress for my youngest granddaughter. Then I had to go to her house and see how she liked her new frock. She loved it. She even found that she could get it on over her pajamas. You see I have lots of important do, go, see items on my agenda.
And so back to my original question: Am I lazy? (Definition: disinclined to work) Am I a procrastinator? (Definition: one who defers action) Am I a lazy procrastinator?
What do you think?