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  • You might know me from somewhere.

  • I’m always nervous that I won't have enough time to do my work.

  • I just want to be left alone so I can get on with it.

  • When people ask me to do things, even going for a walk in the park, I’m always saying,

  • ‘I don’t have enough time…’

  • I have so much to do!

  • So it's great when, at last, I've got a clear day.

  • The house is quiet. I've got eight hours. That should be plenty.

  • But when there’s so much time, it seems silly not to read this article in the paper.

  • It’s about a celebrity - he just got married. She’s pretty

  • I might just look up what film she was in online.

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  • Wonder what theyre saying over on this website

  • ...a volcanoin Indonesiawow...

  • Oh, Poor things...

  • I’m peckish now.

  • It's hard to stop, when there's nothing else

  • to do that's as nice.

  • Some people say I should go out and take a break.

  • Why not go for a walk? But you see I like to be near my work.

  • If I’m too far, I get guilty. But if I’m too near, well

  • The perfect distance for doing nothing is when you have the constant chance to do something.

  • It’s a bit frightening to be honest. Someone told me an average life only has 600,000

  • hours in it. So many people around me are getting on, doing stuff.

  • But if you scare me too much with all this, I get sad.

  • I lie down and think I'm so hopeless there’s no point getting up.

  • I'm ashamed. I don't like myself much.

  • It seems like I'm lazy. That's what everyone would say, I know.

  • But in truth, I do nothing, not because I'm lazy, but because I’m scared.

  • I'm terrified that if I start, what I do will be horrible.

  • I want things to be so amazing - and I know they can't be, so it seems best not even to

  • begin.

  • What helps me most is when occasionally, it feels like it doesn't matter...

  • When it feels I can mess up and that would be OK.

  • When the pressure isn’t so great. Like when I was younger - and there was less at stake

  • There's a bit of me inside you. It's best to try to understand me.

  • And not scare me with perfection. Go gently...

  • Once you've worked out how I work, youll get a lot more done.

You might know me from somewhere.

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