If you didn’t have to work what would you be doing

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calstars, Tuesday, 13 February 2024 21:15 (two months ago) link

I don't even have to work and I still do. Because if I didn't, I honestly think I'd be dead within five years.

clemenza, Tuesday, 13 February 2024 21:18 (two months ago) link

(So to answer the actual question, wasting ample amounts of time on nothing and brooding way too much about the past.)

clemenza, Tuesday, 13 February 2024 21:19 (two months ago) link

I would probably be living a more itinerant lifestyle.. in a little van or something, or wandering a trail through the Pyrenees

So I guess I would choose homelessness if I didn't have to work lol

Andy the Grasshopper, Tuesday, 13 February 2024 21:24 (two months ago) link

I have one massive creative project on the go and a couple of other sizable ones too and daily curse the fact that I need to go to work in a job I do not enjoy to support my family, very slim chance of this situation changing unless one of you is a billionaire and wants to help out

This is Dance Anthems, have some respect (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Tuesday, 13 February 2024 21:25 (two months ago) link

more video games and hanging out in the pub i guess

wang mang band (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 13 February 2024 21:26 (two months ago) link

probably do a lot more posting. think of all the great posts y'all missed out on because of "the man"

frogbs, Tuesday, 13 February 2024 21:30 (two months ago) link

Taking care of myself

cozen itt (wins), Tuesday, 13 February 2024 21:33 (two months ago) link

Do what I did when I was on furlough during the pandemic which was on good weather days played golf, on bad weather days watched tv or read. Loved it. Unfortunately chances are by the time I can afford to retire my back will be too wrecked to play golf anymore. Oh well still looking frwd to lying around doing nothing.

oscar bravo, Tuesday, 13 February 2024 21:33 (two months ago) link

I used to think that if I didn't have somewhere to go everyday that I would start to feel useless and play a lot of video games or something. But when I've had time off, I've learned that it's surprisingly easy to fill up a day. You walk the dog, have coffee and read for awhile, make breakfast, wash the dishes, walk the dog again, work on some music, do some laundry, make lunch, wash the dishes, walk the dog again, work out, shower, talk to your wife, make dinner and watch a show, and before you know it it's time to go to bed and start over. I'm ready for retirement.

Jordan s/t (Jordan), Tuesday, 13 February 2024 21:34 (two months ago) link

I would drop one of my full-time jobs and keep the one that is stimulating, interesting, satisfying, challenging, infuriating, extremely suited to my skills & knowledge and psychically rewarding, but be less tired

bae (sic), Tuesday, 13 February 2024 22:05 (two months ago) link

Travel the world and the seven seas.

nashwan, Tuesday, 13 February 2024 22:11 (two months ago) link

i would be running and doing a lot of body work in the desert. i would hope that over time i would turn more to home-building and subsistence skills. i would love to do more wilderness exploration and backpacking. i would spend a considerable amount of time loving my fellas. one of the worst things about having to work imo is the constant anxiety, which is just so counter to loving people.

ꙮ (map), Tuesday, 13 February 2024 22:11 (two months ago) link

uh think you'll find that once you've travelled the world you'll have already seen all of the seas

This is Dance Anthems, have some respect (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Tuesday, 13 February 2024 22:13 (two months ago) link

same stuff I do now when I’m not working just more of it

brimstead, Tuesday, 13 February 2024 22:15 (two months ago) link

This is becoming a real question in my life. My wife may get transferred to Singapore and I wouldn't necessarily have to work. I probably will because I’m naturally self destructive. If not I will hoop and make music all day.

Comfortably numbnuts (Heez), Tuesday, 13 February 2024 22:23 (two months ago) link

yah i mean i work as little as possible to do the stuff i actually like as much as possible. some things i could really dive into so much more if i lived somewhere else though.

ꙮ (map), Tuesday, 13 February 2024 22:26 (two months ago) link

I’m to the point in my career where I realize I get a lot of satisfaction from working with a team. I’ve been lucky to have a cool project and likable coworkers

Comfortably numbnuts (Heez), Tuesday, 13 February 2024 22:37 (two months ago) link

I would be a better son that’s for sure

brimstead, Tuesday, 13 February 2024 22:45 (two months ago) link

If I owned a house, and did not need to work to support myself, I’d continue doing the same work I’m doing, but in a pro bono capacity

a hyperlink to the past (flamboyant goon tie included), Tuesday, 13 February 2024 22:59 (two months ago) link

I would learn how to service this musty Hammond organ at my folks place

brimstead, Tuesday, 13 February 2024 23:05 (two months ago) link

take pictures of old school auto shop signs across California and make it into a book.

brimstead, Tuesday, 13 February 2024 23:09 (two months ago) link

Build homes

brimstead, Tuesday, 13 February 2024 23:09 (two months ago) link

read all these books that are piling up around me

Maresn3st, Tuesday, 13 February 2024 23:13 (two months ago) link

ive had reason to examine this question recently with a particularly bad twist in my stomach while doing so but in all honesty i was a public servant managing technical contractors during an extended hard covid lockdown and i didnt do fuck all i promised myself that i ever would with the time and resources that i had in that period so that answers that part

id travel with a rolling next two months plan mapped out and id research the perfect home media and network setup while never actually implementingnanything more than a firestick and a few mesh nodes

close encounters of the third knid (darraghmac), Tuesday, 13 February 2024 23:16 (two months ago) link

my plan when i retire is to prob look for a few hours teaching in the evenings on a voluntary basis or through some local initiative, or etc etc

close encounters of the third knid (darraghmac), Tuesday, 13 February 2024 23:18 (two months ago) link

retiring sounds fun

brimstead, Tuesday, 13 February 2024 23:20 (two months ago) link

yah i mean i work as little as possible to do the stuff i actually like as much as possible. some things i could really dive into so much more if i lived somewhere else though.

― ꙮ (map)

^^^^

O Fundo Escuro de (Deflatormouse), Wednesday, 14 February 2024 06:10 (two months ago) link

if i didn't have to work and had money, i would wanna have a lil cottage with a big meadow where i could care for lots of animals, like an animal sanctuary.

or i would wanna live someplace where i could go out and see wildlife every day.

O Fundo Escuro de (Deflatormouse), Wednesday, 14 February 2024 06:13 (two months ago) link

to nobody's surprise i guess

O Fundo Escuro de (Deflatormouse), Wednesday, 14 February 2024 06:13 (two months ago) link

I can’t relate to almost any of this. I guess I’ve had pretty severe “benign” depression for the last 4 yrs but even before, at my core I’m a person who enjoys doing nothing. I’m pure couch potato. I never get bored and very rarely feel even a little bit antsy.

just1n3, Wednesday, 14 February 2024 06:21 (two months ago) link

Oh yeah, maybe some kind of animal sanctuary, deflatormouse otm. But only if not having to work came with a ton of money. Realistically, I wouldn’t want to do any of the gross or hard stuff involved in that kind of work. So basically I’d just want to hang out with animals. On my couch.

just1n3, Wednesday, 14 February 2024 06:25 (two months ago) link

option A: driving around the country trying to be William Eggleston or Stephen Shore, photographing and making short films about out of the ways places

option B: stay in one place and work on a new skill/hobby every year. I've always wanted to learn to weld, I want to try throwing pottery and different kinds of printmaking and I've never actually painted. Things I could sort of do now but time and money represent too much of an impediment - if I have to half-ass it without the right amount of time and material I lose interest.

papal hotwife (milo z), Wednesday, 14 February 2024 06:29 (two months ago) link

oh yeah i never, ever get bored and could def stare at the ceiling all day every day. it's a problem
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O Fundo Escuro de (Deflatormouse), Wednesday, 14 February 2024 06:31 (two months ago) link

^^^me too, but it is not good for me at all, so I absolutely need responsibilities that get my ass up and out.

mom tossed in kimchee (quincie), Wednesday, 14 February 2024 06:40 (two months ago) link

having been unemployed for quite some time now . . . barely anything apart from reading and drinking

mookieproof, Wednesday, 14 February 2024 07:14 (two months ago) link

The older I get, the more I realise how little time I have left and the more I resent having to waste my time earning a living. And I don't even have an awful job, just one I'm not terribly interested in. I'd be very happy not working, I'd write rent a cottage in the south of France and write a novel.

Zelda Zonk, Wednesday, 14 February 2024 07:35 (two months ago) link

Music.

The British Boy of Film Classification (Tom D.), Wednesday, 14 February 2024 07:46 (two months ago) link

x-post

Almost exactly the same. And in my case, there’s a lot of late night “retirement maths”: doing the same sums over and over again to try to see if I could retire at 62,63,64? … with a sense that time is ticking away.

Dr Drudge (Bob Six), Wednesday, 14 February 2024 09:16 (two months ago) link

1) Travel. First stop Borneo to see the tangs then literally everywhere else I've ever wanted to go and haven't been yet. Of course this happens in the universe where I not only don't have to work but also have unlimited funds.

2) I do get bored and stir crazy easily. This even happens the one day a week I wfh regularly lol. I wouldn't be able to do nothing for more than a few weeks. I think I'd:

- volunteer
- make art - similar to somone's gas station signs - I've wanted to do similar for years with retro neon sinage so things like that
- take an intensive German immersion class so I could become fluent once and for all
- take up the violin again

Benson and the Jets (ENBB), Wednesday, 14 February 2024 10:12 (two months ago) link

Not having to work but still needing to make some money to be able to do fun things is the more interesting question. If my mortgage was paid off I'd probably take a 50% pay cut if it meant that was pay for life from doing something I love with complete control.

nashwan, Wednesday, 14 February 2024 10:23 (two months ago) link

was made redundant 6 years ago.
decided that was me done with the working life.
and as has been mentioned before, after a while, it has become surprisingly easy to fill a day with very little.
get up at 9, breakfast, chores, music, read news/books/comics,
lunch at 1pm, watch a tv show i am into, go for a walk.
call my mum at 4:30,
sort food at 5:00.
then its the evening with tv/reading/music etc.
i am a homebod, and so find it very easy to just kick back here and dig around my digital archive rediscovering albums i have forgotten about.

mark e, Wednesday, 14 February 2024 11:35 (two months ago) link

I think the experience of recent "extended hard covid lockdown" (mentioned by dmac above) has given me the horrors for any kind of "homebody life", even though that's the most likely outcome for me of not working.

Dr Drudge (Bob Six), Wednesday, 14 February 2024 11:53 (two months ago) link

Catch up on my unread books and unlistened-to albums.

B. Amato (Boring, Maryland), Wednesday, 14 February 2024 12:32 (two months ago) link

I would sleep more than 4 or 5 hours a day, that's for sure.

Borneo a top 3 bucket list destination for me as well

O Fundo Escuro de (Deflatormouse), Wednesday, 14 February 2024 12:34 (two months ago) link

I have 2 answers depending on whether I have barely enough money to quit work or enormous piles of lottery winnings.

If the former, pretty much what I do most of the time now: read, listen to music, experiment in the kitchen on interesting food and drink.

If the latter, I'd travel more and check out restaurants and bars I've read about. But also build myself something like Kitchen Stadium (+ Bar Stadium) for when I'm at home.

that's when I reach for my copy of Revolver (WmC), Wednesday, 14 February 2024 15:33 (two months ago) link

Contemplating this question has made me realise just how deeply tied to the capitalist mindset my brain really is

With certain assets and time afforded to me, I would likely do what I hope to do with my current life-process: own a house, own a car, pay off certain debts of certain friends, assist my nieces and nephews with their post-secondary tuition, employ certain services for my own comfort/betterment (cleaning person, gardener, trainer, better medical and dental)

Up to a personal net worth of, say, $50m, I still can't imagine myself "not working". Any serious amount of cash I would likely move into executive production on films, emerging filmmakers and established-filmmakers-who-would-benefit-from-larger-budgets (Peter Strickland, for example)

Past $50m I would likely start some large community project, and find myself "working" to administer it. I'd still be doing something that resembles work

If I was completely disallowed to do anything that resembled work, then I'd do the following:

- learn Bach seriously and take twice-weekly lessons
- enroll in cooking school and learn to chef
- enroll in perfume school and learn to scent
- play bridge competitively and travel to compete

a hyperlink to the past (flamboyant goon tie included), Wednesday, 14 February 2024 15:51 (two months ago) link

i really hope you get filthy rich so you can give peter strickland more money. or i guess i could get rich and do the same, yeah that'd be better

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Wednesday, 14 February 2024 15:58 (two months ago) link

tbh, i would paint, do music stuff, read, and travel. i didn't really take this question to be about having the power of capital, just the freedom from having to work

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Wednesday, 14 February 2024 16:00 (two months ago) link

Contemplating this question has made me realise just how deeply tied to the capitalist mindset my brain really is

...

Up to a personal net worth of, say, $50m, I still can't imagine myself "not working". Any serious amount of cash I would likely move into executive production on films, emerging filmmakers and established-filmmakers-who-would-benefit-from-larger-budgets (Peter Strickland, for example)

Past $50m I would likely start some large community project, and find myself "working" to administer it. I'd still be doing something that resembles work

This is kinda how I think, too. I don't have any family that needs help (my only brother's doing fine financially, and/but his kids are fuckups so there's no college expenses to consider), but if I ever won a massive lottery jackpot and had hundreds of millions of dollars to throw around, I'd turn Burning Ambulance into a much larger organization, hiring writers and editors and trying to become the world's biggest website devoted to out jazz, death metal and modern chamber music. And I'd buy a building and offer extremely low rent to artists and writers in an attempt to create more of a "scene" where I am. And probably do some other stuff to help people who are struggling here. But all that would involve a ton of "work," so I wouldn't even be able to just dump the money in a bank account and live off the interest.

Tahuti Watches L&O:SVU Reruns Without His Ape (unperson), Wednesday, 14 February 2024 16:38 (two months ago) link

go on the road with a metal band of my choosing for one year.

Neanderthal, Wednesday, 14 February 2024 16:43 (two months ago) link

not as a roadie, because I am inept with electronics and not all that strong. just....a tagalong who tries not to get in the way

Neanderthal, Wednesday, 14 February 2024 16:43 (two months ago) link

i like the variety of answers and angles itt

i mean the stuff id list, theres very little stopping me but i havent done it!

i. learn to sew enough to cover basic repairs and turn-ups
ii. download and organise a media collection
iii. go through twenty years of digital photos
iv. back up the above to the 1-2-3 method
v. buy a mic setup and learn basics of recording some basic tracks
vi. house finish stuff. shelves. coving. painting. picking up any standard tool without being terrified to use it.

hundreds of steps like the above covering a little more self-sufficiency and satisfaction of little neat useful tasks done well

close encounters of the third knid (darraghmac), Wednesday, 14 February 2024 17:00 (two months ago) link

I figure I would get bored of having fun and just start helping people and cleaning the planet. Secretly I hope AI entertainment completely fries our pleasure centers or whatever and everyone just gives on on pleasure and just becomes obsessed with cleaning and and helping

brimstead, Wednesday, 14 February 2024 17:57 (two months ago) link

My answer to this question would have been a lot easier like 20+ years ago; today it requires a bit more thought

Marten Broadcloak, mild-mannered GOP congressman (Raymond Cummings), Wednesday, 14 February 2024 17:58 (two months ago) link

If backed by plenty of money, I would:

Give a bunch of it away. I would not establish my own foundation or something like that; too much $$$ wasted in new infrastructure/overhead, plus discomfort with the vanity project thing

Buy an awesome 3-horse living quarters trailer and a tow vehicle that can handle it. Probably also hire a friend to drive because even hauling my much smaller 2-horse trailer gives me the agita. Go horse camping all over the place

Clone my pony, make new pony

Get massages every week. Maybe hire a trainer

Without mad cash:

Be a docent somewhere, maybe a botanical garden or organic farm or something

Garden

Rent out house and spend time in different countries for a couple-three months at a time

Volunteer in hospice and/or my State Health Insurance Program or Medicare Patrol and/or be a long-term care ombudsperson

Get involved with my local field hunting (no foxes or killing any prey here) club

Knit chemo beanies or some shit

mom tossed in kimchee (quincie), Wednesday, 14 February 2024 18:20 (two months ago) link

Host more dinner parties

mom tossed in kimchee (quincie), Wednesday, 14 February 2024 18:21 (two months ago) link

I'd like to be the first one to say nothing. An ascetic remote-living monkish type of nothing, or the luxurious dandy version, in a good climate. Sounds like an underrated answer.

There are two lotteries advertizing in the street this season, one promising 5K a month for life, the other 22K a month for thirty years. Which got me into calculations and speculation, and I found that even 22K only amounts to about 7.5M with the disadvantage that you cannot buy a house and stop working the next day. I calculated that a gain of 10M is enough to be worry-free and have good pocket money. Anything more quickly creates more questions than answers, because of the responsibility to make something out of it (create a business, charity ?).

Nabozo, Wednesday, 14 February 2024 18:59 (two months ago) link

Gonna be a Baptist preacher

Hongro Hongro Hippies (Myonga Vön Bontee), Wednesday, 14 February 2024 19:12 (two months ago) link

Quincie your list is excellent. I would also host more dinner parties. I LOVE entertaining. I love cooking for people and decorating and pulling a good party together. It's a lot of work though and I don't do it nearly as often as I'd like to. Not working would make this possible a lot more often.

Would also garden and I thought of another - I would try to go swimming every day.

Benson and the Jets (ENBB), Wednesday, 14 February 2024 19:31 (two months ago) link

Full time musician

you gotta roll with the pączki to get to what's real (snoball), Wednesday, 14 February 2024 19:50 (two months ago) link

I would probably be significantly depressed. So not much. I can't imagine I can find anything that will offer me the structure, familiarity, and accountability that I need to live day to day.

Jeff, Wednesday, 14 February 2024 19:54 (two months ago) link

a boat load of money would be wasted on me tbh. I just would like not to work but anything more than 80% of my current minimum wage salary would be of no use as there's not really anything I would spend it on. no to travel (haven't been on holiday this century) no to restaurants ( ditto) no to socialising.

oscar bravo, Wednesday, 14 February 2024 20:13 (two months ago) link

i think there's been a leaning into "didnt have to work" being characterised for the purposes of the question meaning "you now have a load of dollars to dispose of"

i think its a pity to reduce the question to that tbh?

close encounters of the third knid (darraghmac), Wednesday, 14 February 2024 20:13 (two months ago) link

Quincie your list is excellent. I would also host more dinner parties. I LOVE entertaining. I love cooking for people and decorating and pulling a good party together. It's a lot of work though and I don't do it nearly as often as I'd like to. Not working would make this possible a lot more often.

Would also garden and I thought of another - I would try to go swimming every day.

― Benson and the Jets (ENBB)

concur with every word of this

O Fundo Escuro de (Deflatormouse), Wednesday, 14 February 2024 20:18 (two months ago) link

One of the reasons I work overnight shifts is so that i can swim at deserted beaches as many days as possible in the summer, of course it requires a 5 or 6 hour round trip on foot & public transit from Manhattan for 3 or 4 hours of swimming. If I didn't have to work I could get up earlier and stay out there later.

O Fundo Escuro de (Deflatormouse), Wednesday, 14 February 2024 20:33 (two months ago) link

Tiny off-grid houses and cat+house plant sanctuary work would get going in earnest.

Jaq, Wednesday, 14 February 2024 20:49 (two months ago) link

lots of all day cooking and rescue another four or five dogs sounds good yeah

close encounters of the third knid (darraghmac), Wednesday, 14 February 2024 21:07 (two months ago) link

loving all these wholesome responses

calstars, Wednesday, 14 February 2024 21:09 (two months ago) link

ive reached a phase of my life already where "every day is like a sunday" is, like, nice

close encounters of the third knid (darraghmac), Wednesday, 14 February 2024 21:10 (two months ago) link

I'd settle permanently in the canyons in L.A. and spend as much of every day outside as I could.

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Wednesday, 14 February 2024 21:11 (two months ago) link

good way to get a sunburn

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Wednesday, 14 February 2024 21:14 (two months ago) link

i would be gaming. thanks for asking

ciderpress, Wednesday, 14 February 2024 21:26 (two months ago) link

I would move my computer, which rarely gets used outside of work, and ser up an easel and canvases. also spend some time volunteering.

of course it would somewhat rankle that having kids would mean only six hours a day available, and no time at weekends. and zero chance of spending a season snowboarding.

organ doner (ledge), Thursday, 15 February 2024 06:18 (one month ago) link

never answering the phone again

*close family excepted

Bernard Quidbins (NickB), Thursday, 15 February 2024 12:23 (one month ago) link

Right now? Studying more. Later in life, on a property with more land? Rescuing a stupid amount of cats and dogs

H.P, Thursday, 15 February 2024 12:44 (one month ago) link

Volunteering and walking round Shotover Country Park, which were the two things I did spend a lot of time doing when I was last out of work.

Grandpont Genie, Thursday, 15 February 2024 12:47 (one month ago) link

I'd also be playing a silly amount of chess

H.P, Thursday, 15 February 2024 12:48 (one month ago) link

Playing chess online (and in person as well I guess) really is one of the cheapest and most effective way to quickly experience a wide range of emotions: greed, fear, excitement, elation, despair, self-blame, self-praise etc. It's a kind of ersatz full-life.

Dr Drudge (Bob Six), Thursday, 15 February 2024 14:27 (one month ago) link

that's true of most competitive online gaming, but chess's depth and cultural history offers a patina of significance to help ward off existential despair

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Thursday, 15 February 2024 15:17 (one month ago) link


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