I leave school at noon for my doctor’s appointment. As I drive, I think about having the next twenty minutes to be anywhere I want. Twenty whole minutes!
Twenty minutes is long enough for a quick pop in at Marshall’s for some retail therapy.
Twenty minutes is perfect for a drive through at Starbuck’s for a latte but my stomach is still not well enough (and the reason for the doctor’s appointment) to handle drinking coffee.
Twenty minutes in the library and I could pick up the book I have on reserve.
Twenty minutes would probably not be enough to go out of my way to pick up the dry cleaning.
I couldn’t make it in and out of the grocery store in twenty minutes.
What to do with my twenty minutes?
Marshall’s wins. It’s easy to get into and out of.
I pull into the parking lot. I second-guess my decision.
Do I really want to shop for something I absolutely don't need? Nah.
The answer is suddenly crystal clear.
I turn the engine off; tune Sirius to The Bridge, take off my sunglasses, unbuckle my seat belt, and shut my eyes.
Twenty minutes later, I'm recharged and off to my appointment without one minute's worth of regret.