"When will you be free?"
"Can you grab me when you're free?"
"What do you do with your free time?"
These questions drive me nuts. Not because I never have free time. Quite the opposite.
Every second I have is free time.
I'm not overworked, overstressed or overcommitted. I choose to work. Partially because I enjoy it. Mostly because it's how I feed my family.
Yes, there are people who actually have moments that aren't free. They live in a dictatorship somewhere. Or they have a health condition. Or they're living paycheck to paycheck. Right now, I'm not talking about them.
I am talking about average Americans who choose to think in terms of "work time" and "free time." Those people are boxing themselves into a miserable corner of their own making, relinquishing their lives to the dictates of cruel bosses and nagging clients. And the only thing they need to do to escape this self-imposed prison is repeat to themselves, "It's all free time."