I took a quick look at my calendar for next week, just to see. There are things I want to do after work on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Hmm, I might be able to do all three. Probably not. That takes a lot of energy that I don’t have. And it’s summer, with it’s draining heat. How to choose? Planning on two nights sounds good. The two I most want are on Tuesday and Wednesday. But those are consecutive days, which is a bad idea. And then I might be too worn out for work on Thursday and Friday. But I don’t need to give 100% at my job anyway, so maybe this could work? Ok, what’s my first choice….? Wednesday. Definitely Wednesday. Maybe Tuesday is a bad idea then. I don’t want to risk missing Wednesday. So…. Wednesday and Friday? That gives me the thing I want most and my third choice, which would still be a lot of fun. But Friday’s thing is far away from my job and my apartment. So is Tuesday’s.
Does this sound familiar? I’m guessing a lot of CIers go through this on a regular basis. I feel like I’ve been doing it forever. I’ve heard stories of 20- and 30-somethings who go out all the time. You probably have, too. I even know people who do. It’ll never be me, and that’s ok, but it would be nice to at least do the few things I want to do, or at least to do some of them without the crazy planning and calculations based on a ton of unknown variables. I just hope I don’t have to cancel on anyone at the last minute. Again.