Often times, we lament the fact that we are ever so busy.
Students complain about homework and exams while adults complain about projects and deadlines. As we go about our days doing work that needs to be done, our minds are filled with thoughts on how to complete our work and when we can finally be free for a moment of respite.
However, it is mostly during our times of rest that we come to question whether there is any purpose in working so hard.
“Why have I been holding on for so long?”
“Is it really worth all the effort I’m putting in?”
“Will things really get better after this?”
Some people may quote,
“If you ever think about giving up, remember why you held on for so long.” – Hayley Williams
But honestly, sometimes we just need to know when to give up. Not everything is always worth the effort. However, we should never simply give up on something and leave ourselves with nothing to do. As I mentioned earlier, idleness is perfect for feelings of doubt and emptiness to manifest. Thus, we should seek out something else to do if we are not content with what we are doing at the moment. However, that in itself can be a challenge.
Life isn’t easy and we all know it. Despite the vastly different lives we all lead, we all face varying hardships. Along with our daily tasks, other problems arise. As a result, we have little time to think of what we want to do as we are busy dealing with what we have to do, resolving issues that arise along the way. While we are focused on the task at hand, determined to complete it, the adrenaline brings us through. However, once it is over and we can finally take some time to rest, too tired to do anything, our minds simply wander… with the risk of entering a negative chain of thought. Especially those that do not see the importance of their task in relation to their survival.
Many of us want to feel like we are being productive. Thus, being forced to do work that one deems as unproductive makes one feel nothing but a sense of emptiness and meaninglessness.
Thus, some simply exist while others live out their lives to the fullest doing the things they want. Those that simply go through life in a daze are going with the flow of society. They go through life following the standard procedures put into place by society. Study hard in school, gain work experiences through internships followed by getting a full-time job out of the options given. None of which they are actually interested in. On the other hand, those who are passionate in a subject included in the standard syllabus get to indulge themselves daily and dig deeper without worrying of their progress through society’s pre-defined system to ensure their survival.
Is it really alright to let those people do their jobs without the slightest passion in them?
Instead of forcing themselves to follow the natural flow of things, doing things that they do not feel is essential to help them survive, what if they utilised the Internet to find things that they enjoy doing? Something that requires more creativity and not so by the book? They could then spend their time doing things that could be productive and help them make a living in the future or at least support them a little on the side. For example, building websites, blogging or simply posting their edits, drawing or ideas on social media. By doing so they could potentially gain more followers and influence while also building connections over time. Of course what I’m saying is extremely optimistic, it is unlikely that these positive results would arise unless one is really dedicated and determined to make it big, learning from others and constantly improving oneself. However, even if that is not the case, if one enjoys doing what I mentioned above, isn’t that good enough? They have something to do that feels productive and makes them feel good. Possibly putting them in a good mood to work on what society expects them to do. At the same time, they won’t be left idle to contemplate the meaning of life due to an arising sense of emptiness.
In the end, I feel that it is important for us to find something we enjoy, that at the very least, we feel productive doing. If we can all accomplish this, even in times of rest, we can rest in peace with a sense of accomplishment. Or perhaps, even think of new ideas of what to do instead of more reasons to justify why life is meaningless.
What do you guys do in your free time? Or are any of you workaholics? Do you have hobbies or do you have trouble being interested in anything? Do you have moments that you are so tired that you literally can’t do anything but lay in bed and contemplate the meaning of life?
Any thoughts or experiences you have on being busy vs idle is welcome 🙂