I’m slowly becoming something I’m not sure I like. I don’t know if it’s lazy, like I could be any lazier than I already was, or if it’s something else. Maybe I’m becoming a curmudgeon. Here are a few ways I feel I’ve changed or am changing:
- I don’t answer the phone unless I know who’s calling. I used to always answer the phone even though I knew it might be a solicitor calling. I’ve gotten to where I don’t even answer and if they don’t leave a message or it’s a “private” number, I use the ‘Block Number’ feature on my phone. I used to have fun messing around with the telemarketers, trying to keep them on the line for as long as I could. Now, for the most part, I don’t want to and if I do answer, I’m sometimes not the nicest person.
- I don’t answer the door if I don’t know who’s there. Just the other day, a guy who appeared to be in his 20’s rang the doorbell. I peeked out, I didn’t know him so I just came back to my office and let the dogs bark him away. Almost every time someone comes to the door they’re trying to sell something. I don’t want to buy whatever they’re selling. I never used to be that way.
- I wear the same jeans 2, 3, or 4 days in a row. I used to change jeans (pants) every day, sometimes twice a day, depending on what I was doing. Now I spend most days sitting at my computer or on the couch watching television. I think it’s mostly based on laziness because I don’t want to go through the motions of moving everything from the old jeans to the new, clean jeans. I seem to carry stuff in all four pockets of my jeans and add a belt and the task seems monumental sometimes. I shower every day and change shirts, socks and underwear. I would feel cruddy if I didn’t. But wearing the same jeans more than once, that’s a new thing for me.
- I don’t care for shopping much. I used to love going shopping. Now, I go. I get what I went to get and I go home. Rarely do I just go to browse. If I want something I shop online. If I NEED something, I try to find out if I can find it locally. If not I shop online. Now, I’ve sort of been this way with shopping longer than the other things, but I would always enjoy going out on Christmas Eve and browse with the holiday shoppers. I didn’t like it if I HAD to find something, I just felt that I wanted to be in the holiday crowd. I enjoyed that. This past Christmas Eve, I didn’t go out at all. The exception to this is when I travel. I still enjoy browsing souvenirs, t-shirts, and stuff like that while traveling. I won’t be surprised if that changes too.
So, I don’t know where that leaves me or what changes I’ll experience next. I guess I’m up for the adventure, but I’ll be wearing yesterday’s jeans.