Category: Otium

A Glimpse of Otium: Bread and Pasta

Here you can see the crispy, wonderful smelling Franziskaner-loaf and rye whole-grain tin loaf all baked by Franziskaner bakery in Bozen (Italy)

I’m still in the phase of life where I’m working a full-time job. However, even now, from time to time I experience moments that call to mind my ideal life. Not coincidentally, these moments tend to occur in the interstices of life, during evenings or weekends when I’m not doing work related to my office job.

Yet, although these moments are infrequent and not yet a regular part of my days, they provide a glimpse of what living a life of otium could look like. By examining enough of these moments, I hope to tease out common themes, so I can seek pursuits that satisfy the same impulses or inspire me in similar ways.

What I Talk About When I Talk About Otium, Part 2

In Part 1, I previously wrote about self-explanatory, easily describable things that I want more, less and none of in life (such as more free time and less looking at a screen). In Part 2, I explore more abstract ideas, concepts and goals. These seem more subjective or harder to pin down, but get to the heart of what I’m looking for in life.

What I Talk About When I Talk About Otium, Part 1

I’m still figuring out what living my best life means. That said, I feel like I know enough to know that I’m not currently living it. That’s because tomorrow, like today, I will go to work and spend most of my day thinking or doing things only because someone pays me to.

Don’t get me wrong — there’s a lot that I like and appreciate about my job, and I’m not always actively looking to quit. But, I’m pursuing otium, which is more than just a “tolerable” existence. To help, I’m writing down some thoughts about what living my best life and otium might look like in practice, so I can actually live it.