Everybody needs some time off. There is no doubt about that. A break from work, familiar places and faces. Even an enjoyable task can be tiresome without a period of giving it a rest. Nevertheless, contemporary thinking and especially the western-world way has managed to distort the concept of abstention in order to regain one’s strength and energy by glorifying the much needed time off as one of the the very few pleasures in life. A 15-day period that makes the whole year worthwhile….
A lot of unhappy people wait for the summer with anticipation so as to ‘get away’. (From what I wonder?). They discuss about the hours spent in holiday sites looking for the perfect destination while daydreaming and how they endless gloomy days at work followed by boring nights at home are over. Even the picture drawn here is a bit extreme, it is true that most people see their everyday life as boring and tiring with few satisfactions along the way.
The saddest thing is that this attitude is passed on to the younger generation. When summer comes, children and teenagers are fed up with school and look forward to the ‘free days’ when they can do just nothing as whatever has to do with gaining ‘knowledge’ is considered boring. In addition, we have ‘succeeded’ in reducing the pursuit of knowledge to necessary qualifications, to get a well-paid job and have all the luxuries we cannot do without. On a similar note, adults rarely consider expanding their knowledge for the sake of personal development. They mostly justify their idleness with ‘I am too old for that’ and ‘Where would I use it?’. But knowledge is a journey without an actual destination and age should make us wiser not lazier.
So, maybe we should step out of the little dimly-lit bubble we are in and start making life more pleasant and fulfilling on a daily basis, bit by bit. If attitudes are changed, knowledge can be a tool for balance and enjoyment. Besides, ‘holidays’ may be a wonderful thing but we cannot take a break from ourselves, so let’s shape them the best way we can since we are stuck with them for better or for worse…..
”Unless you try to do something beyond
what you have already mastered, you will never grow.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson