"I'm not a chicken. I'm just really hesitant." -Frasier Crane
Question #85560 posted on 02/24/2016 4:18 p.m.
Q:

Dear Heidi Book,

Let's face it—it's time for you to hang up your boots. What will you do with all the extra free time?

Yours, &c.

Heidi Book

A:

Dear self,

There are so many fallacies in your question that I don't even know where to start:

  1. I've spent less and less time answering questions lately, so it's not like I'll retire and suddenly have to take up quilting to ward off eight-hour blocks of emptiness.
  2. I'm starting to suspect that free time is a myth.
  3. Any time masquerading as "free" is really just time I ought to spend doing homework.

But I do want everybody to know that, free or not, my time writing for The Board has been time well spent. Reading my fellow writers' thoughtful, compassionate, and witty answers has inspired me to be more thoughtful, compassionate, and witty myself, and answering readers' sincere questions has forced me to constantly reevaluate my own paradigms and seek to understand other people. I'm grateful for the friendships I've built and the many things I've learned over the last year and a half. We've got a lot of great new writers and probies, so I'm satisfied that I'm leaving The Board in better hands.

Three last pieces of unsolicited soapbox advice:

  1. Do others the credit of assuming they're at least as complex and multifaceted as you are. Everyone—without exception—is worth getting to know.
  2. Find something that you love doing and that somehow blesses other people. Make it a priority. Be generous with your time and talents.
  3. Always know where your towel is.

So long, and thanks for all the fish, &c.

Heidi Book