A Blast From The Past: Better Use Of Leisure Time


Well, it’s a new year.

That means that it’s time to start thinking about what you want to make of yourself this year.  What are you going to do?  What are you going to accomplish?  How are you going to make yourself proud of who you’ve become?

There’s a lot of movies coming out.  Maybe you’ll go to them.  Or maybe you’ll be the person who spends all of their time on twitter, tweeting about how scared you are of going back to the theaters.  Both options come with their risks and their rewards.

There’s a celebrity edition of Big Brother airing in February.  Maybe you’ll watch it.  Maybe you’ll blog about it, because you like getting paid more than your dislike the show.  Or maybe you’ll spend all of your time on twitter, talking about how much you hate reality TV.

2022 is an election year.  Maybe you’ll run for office.  Maybe you’ll volunteer to work for a campaign.  Maybe you’ll spend all of your time on twitter, tweeting about how people need to vote for your candidate.  Maybe you’ll come up with the hashtag that changes the course of the election!  Maybe you’ll hang out in the paring lot of Whataburger, waiting for Beto to toll by.

Or maybe….

Eh.

You’re not going to do anything.

Let’s be honest, most of us are very lazy and we have absolutely no idea how lucky we are compared to people who lived just a few decades ago.  We take a lot of things for granted and we waste a lot of time doing nothing, precisely because we can do just about anything that we want.

(Of course, in my case, I’m have ADHD.  I spend a lot of time doing things but usually, I end up trying to do them all at once.  Reading a book and watching a TV at the same time is not difficult but when you also try to vacuum the living room while doing those other two things, it starts to get a little bit more difficult.  Still, my super power is ADHD and I’m thankful.)

Well, fear not!  A short film from Coronet Films has traveled all the way from 1950 to encourage you to make better use of your leisure time!  Why …. that’s even the name of the film!  Better Use of Your Leisure Time follows a good-for-nothing, spoiled teenager named Ken as he learns why spending all of your time moping is perhaps the worst thing that you can do.  With the help of a judgmental narrator and the ability to see alternative universes, Ken learns an important lesson.  There’s no hope with mope!  Ken discovers that some people actually have hobbies and spend their free time creating and learning and being a decent citizen.  It’s an important lesson and hopefully, it’s one that Ken will remember the next time that someone tells him that moping is no big deal.

Anyway, as far as Coronet Educational Films go, this one isn’t bad.  Ken is a bit of a loser but that’s to be expected of these type of films.  It’s very much a product of its era and, if nothing else, it stands as evidence that people wasted time even before the internet existed.  TAKE THAT, LUDDITES!

Watch, enjoy, and learn.  LEARN, GOSH DARN IT!

One response to “A Blast From The Past: Better Use Of Leisure Time

  1. Pingback: Lisa Marie’s Week In Review: 12/27/21 — 1/2/22 | Through the Shattered Lens

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