When I found out that the theme for this week’s Photo Challenge is ‘spare’, I immediately thought of spare time. Perhaps this is because I’ve been sick and have had loads of spare time but no energy to make good use of it.
I have a long list of things that I like to do in my spare time.
For a start, I like walking, and as all my walking friends will tell you, rolling their eyes at how I delay them, I also like to stop and take lots of photos along the way. But no-one was around to be bothered when I snapped this view between the wires while walking on a hill top trail in California a couple of years ago.
I loved the spare — as in austere, minimalist — landscapes of the American West. I took this next pic from a coach on the highway through the Mojave desert.
So you may have guessed that another thing I like to do in my spare time is travel. Overseas is fun, but I think I love travelling in my own country the most. This next pic was taken on my road trip earlier this year. It’s a view from the Snowy Mountains Highway.
In my spare time, I also like to listen to music — especially music that opens up spaces in my mind. The music of Malian musicians like Rokia Traore always evokes the open, serene, spare environments that I love.
I may have a lot of spare time on my hands soon. I’m taking a voluntary redundancy and leaving a job that I’ve loved, after many years. Although I feel sad about leaving, it’s not a bad thing. It opens up new possibilities, a chance to change direction.
Of course, I’ll be busy looking for another job, cleaning my house (!), doing all those odd jobs I’ve been saving up, studying (Environmental Management is the plan) … but I’m sure I’ll be able to carve out some spare time for my list of things to do: walking, travelling, taking photos, reading, hanging out with friends and family, blogging, going to live music gigs, and of course, dancing.
What do you do with your spare time?