Did the kitty cat image grab your attention? I thought it might, now even if you draw nothing from my words you have a nice image to stare at for a while. So I was scanning the WordPress Reader, checking out articles as you do and came upon a general theme of a few posts who will not be named. The overall message from said posts was of how they felt gaming felt like a waste of time when they could be doing something else productive, that they felt like they couldn’t enjoy their games because there could be so many other things to do that would be more beneficial. Rather than go into any sort of lengthy explanation of what good games can do which has already been done to death by many, I felt like commenting on the notion that “there is always something more productive I can do with my time”.
We don’t always get a lot of free time as we age and find our time taken up with responsibilities. With this dwindling of opportune moments to do something you don’t have to it isn’t surprising there is a growing feeling of wanting to put that time to good use, to make the most out of a situation. However this concept goes too far into a persons mind when they start losing the joy of leisure activities. Shocking as it may be we aren’t robots, we are flesh and bone human beings who can’t always be busy little worker bees for the good of the hive. Self reflection and improvement is pivotal to creating a better person in a world that needs them more than ever especially in the workplace, however there are two philosophical quotes I’d like to bring up.
Practice Makes Perfect being the first and All Work & No Play Makes Jack A Dull Boy being the second. Becoming better at anything is important and takes time. Working all day makes you tired, you don’t indulge who you are in a relaxing way. I’m sure there are those who find leisure in working but they are the lucky ones and will be acknowledged but not commented upon here. I don’t know about you but I don’t want to be someone who works all his life till retirement then spends the years where I am at my frailest and weakest trying to do the things I wanted to do before. I suppose I could try and keep in good health as I age but good health doesn’t stop me from deteriorating.
There will always be something more productive to do with your time, absolutely always. As I write this very blog post there are probably a multitude of things that I could be doing that would better myself in ways blogging couldn’t even attempt to achieve, however I’m here doing this because I want to. This is a leisure activity for me, I’m just enjoying myself getting my mind out on a piece of virtual paper. I could also not blog and do something even less productive, maybe even do absolutely nothing. Praise be to the ones who can find sweet, sweet peace in doing absolutely nothing, I don’t often get them but the do nothing days do come around occasionally.
Doing nothing is good. Doing work is good. There seems to be the idea in some peoples minds that they should be doing something productive or meaningful with their time pretty much all the time. How boring. What is life without a contrast? How can you enjoy being productive when you don’t even remember what it is like to do something rewardless yet amusing? Or even doing nothing? I enjoy being lazy, however I only enjoy it as a contrast to spending my hours deep into a project or trying to achieve something. I couldn’t look forward to hitting the weekend otherwise, I’d burn out. We sleep because our bodies literally cannot keep up, the brain uses up more energy staying awake than it can make. Downtime is important physically for our bodies, don’t you think giving the mental side of our brains a breather is important as well?
When I work I am enjoying the prospects that come with doing the work. I am improving my skills, making connections with people who will let me get ahead in life and reach those goals I have. When I play I am enjoying the prospects that come with being at rest relaxing. I like letting go all the concerns of the world and stretching my arms as I go to lay on the sofa in my quilt with some Crunch Creams biscuits and watching something on the TV. I could be doing something more productive yes but what I am doing right now is important. If anyone ever suggests that you aren’t doing anything with your time, tell them of course I’m not its called relaxing you twod.
Do something mindless. Do something productive. Just don’t worry that in doing something mindless you aren’t gaining anything. Learn to savour the balance of rest and work, accept that you are a human being that doesn’t have to do a damn thing worthwhile with every moment. The great people of our history did something worthwhile with a moment, but remember that was a single moment and not every moment in their life. The theory of relativity didn’t come from a person who was always doing something productive, Einstein needed to simmer every once and a while to just have some fun doing something small but enjoyable. I can honestly say I wouldn’t be surprised if the man had a bongo night. Damn I think I might need a bongo night, better find some bongos and learn to play bongos. Bongos. Great now it sounds weird.
I’m gonna be playing a Wii U soon, guess how productive my time is gonna be during those hours? Guess who cares? Oh you people learn quick. Do nothing today and something tomorrow. Do something next week and just sleep for 2 days. As long as you don’t do too much or too little of anything you’ll find a healthy and prosperous life ahead of you. If too much water ingested can kill creatures who are made up of more water than anything else, I think it is clear that nature is trying to tell us to learn some moderation.
What kind of things do you like to do when in your down time? Do people, even you, make you feel guilty for not spending your time “more wisely”? What is this more wisely they speak of, they are spending their time telling people to spend their time “more wisely”, that doesn’t seem very wise at all. Thanks for the read and I’ll see you all later.