This daily schedule made me laugh in a little bit of envy.
In the end, I want the daily routine of a writer.
But spending your day, how an old aristocrat spent his day, does not sound bad either.
Maybe it’s the creature comforts I have in every other area of life, but the leisure of time seems better than no other.
I mean, come on:
The most appealing daily schedule I know is that of a turn-of-the-century Danish aristocrat. He got up at four and set out on foot to hunt black grouse, wood grouse, woodcock, and snipe. At eleven he met his friends, who had also been out hunting alone all morning. They converged “at one of these babbling brooks,” he wrote. He outlined the rest of his schedule. “Take a quick dip, relax with a schnapps and a sandwich, stretch out, have a smoke, take a nap or just rest, and then sit around and chat until three. Then I hunt some more until sundown, bathe again, put on white tie and tails to keep up appearances, eat a huge dinner, smoke a cigar and sleep like a log until the sun comes up again to redden the eastern sky. This is living…. Could it be more perfect?”
–Annie Dillard, The Writing Life (Amazon)