30 Hours

30 hours. It’s a pretty long time right? If you had 30 hours to do whatever you wanted to, what would you do?

You could fly from Perth to Sri Lanka – that’s about 32 hours. You could do the Forbidden Forest 30 Hour Ultra, assuming you can run 100 miles.

Despite the fact we live in one of the most beautiful places in the world (Bright, Victoria), sometimes Tommy and I find ourselves so caught up in day to day life – chores, work, bills, social media – that we forget to make time to do the things we love. That is, getting outdoors and exploring together. The reason we moved to this wonderful mountainous town in the first place.

Last weekend Tommy and I decided to see how much we could cram into 30 hours. Classic move by us, taking it from one extreme to the other.

Starting at 6am on Saturday to midday on Sunday, we were going to try to do all the things we love plus efficiently knock off some chores too.

So what exactly did we achieve? Well here’s the list:

- Ran 23kms

- Had brunch

- Bought present for relative

- NZ planning (whilst drinking coffee and eating bakery treats)

- Tommy did some DIY

- Vacuumed the house

- Trimmed our roses

- Watered the garden

- Went for a mountain bike ride

- Hiked up Mystic

- Had a picnic with friends

- Rode 110kms to the top of Hotham & back

But the most important thing we did was have some fun together. Yes, we were busily moving from one thing to the other, but there was a sense of joy around it (even when I was vacuuming). It almost felt like we were playing a game. We were completely knackered by the end and spend Sunday afternoon getting intimate with our couch, but we had that satisfying tired feeling.

And those 30 hours were a good reminder that regardless of what is going on in life, you need to prioritise doing the things you love. You don't necessarily need to do 30 hours of it, but even just 30 minutes a day will brighten up your day.

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