One could occupy oneself to avoid diversions and bad habits, reading, study, cycling, gardening, diy, teaching, learning, grandchildren
.......Heard a couple of reviews of the film, +99 & - 99! Guess I shall have to make up my own opinion
Plus One for the nanny state
One can also occupy oneself with bad-habit diversions, a list of which I can supply to you if you find yourself hankering for experience of something involving chocolate, cake and teasing. See? Not even teaching can be trusted to be always a good habit as I could teach you many bad ones, which you would then have learnt. So nor can learning always be a good habit as it depends on the subject matter inculcated into one's character as it forms and reforms under the various tuitions.
As to the grandchildren, they are keen to teach me bad habits which, being modern, they are fully aware of from the age of 19 months. How innocent my own generation were in our youth - I knew nowt naughty until I was at least 16. Oh no I didn't!
But I digress.
Part of the process for acquiring good habits is to get past the point where they feel bad to the point where they're addictively good. Cycling's a good example. How hard it is at first, as the nether, muscles and everything cry for mercy after only a 10 miler. How pleasurable it becomes, as one gets the sign, consumes café-cake or lies on the pink settee after the club run basking in endorphin.
Woodworking is the same. One must get past the chisel-bites and bodged ugly first piece to the point where the acts of creation give a warm glow of pleasure and even a muted pride. (Best to mute it as it comes before a fall, or even a sawn-off finger).
Now, what is this thing you are going to make up: "my own opinion"? I have never seen a-one of those, nor heard one; nor apprehended one with any other of my sense organs. Surely you are like the rest of us and pluck your opinions from the vast flowing river of such things passing by your wee island of self (whatever that is) as the mass media flumes and waterfalls of "opinion" cascade the things about you in an ever-rising tide.
On the other hand "made up" is often the nature of opinion, since the facts are often well-hidden by a pile of queer human artefacts, from philosophy to conspiracy theory.
Cugel, probably in need of some chocolate, cake and teasing from nanny, followed by a cuddle.