Summer is when we’re supposed to be taking time off and recharging our batteries. But if you’re like me and most other ambitious people these days, the only batteries you’re recharging are the ones for your gadgets. Gotta keep go go going!
Of course, this can leave you feeling as fried as some of those state fair foods. And when you burn out, your productivity can go up in smoke, too.
One way I like to take a little break is by indulging in guilty pleasures. Everyone’s definition of a guilty pleasure will be different, but you know what they are for you: those little things you want to do but think or feel you mustn’t. If you don’t have time for a vacation, I say it’s time to send Miss Mustn’t packing.
My idea of a guilty pleasure is something I want to do just for pure enjoyment, something that gets me away from all of the “oughts” in my life. As a concerned citizen who feels like I ought to be aware of what’s going on in the world, I feel like I ought to be watching 60 Minutes on Sunday nights. But one time it wasn’t on, and we discovered the simple joy of watching people (and animals!) do hilarious things on America’s Funniest Home Videos. That show never fails to give me a good laugh.
When it comes to books, there are many literary novels I feel I ought to read, as well as those I want to read. But women’s fiction with a healthy dose of humor is what I’m most likely to crack open if pleasure reading is what I’m after, and Elizabeth Berg’s books usually deliver. I enjoy a little smut now and then, too. 😉
Then there’s the most worthless material of all: celebrity gossip. It’s a waste of time, and probably more damaging to the ego than sharing a ladies’ room mirror with Angelina Jolie. But I love it! Whether it’s delivered via TV, websites or magazines, I’m a junky when it comes to finding out who’s dating/divorcing/doing the dirty with who. Of course, as a novelist, I’m in the entertainment business. So keeping abreast of who’s getting breast implants is all part of the job. Double 😉
Enough of my trivial pursuits. What are your guilty pleasures?