The Importance of Doing Nothing.

"People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing all day." - Winnie the Pooh

So here's the thing. Very often, I have nothing to do. In today's hyper-paced world where no one seems to have time to even glance in the mirror, that seems strange. But thankfully, I'm at a point in my life where I have decent work-life balance (for now) and quite often, I find myself with adequate time on my hands. Of course, most of the time, I try to be productive and busy with creating something, but there are times when I just can't think of what to do. And honestly, I don't feel at all guilty for that.

I mean, a few hours spent watching Netflix and listening to music while drawing or writing something fun? That's my kind of day. But other times when I'm bored I just can't think of what to do. There are times when the laundry is all done, the house is clean and my homework is complete. There are times when I'm simply not inspired enough to write a blog post, or create an artwork, or even take a fun picture. There are times when I've just about found every single Power Moon in Super Mario Odyssey. And exercise? Well, haha. So I just lay on the bed, waiting for the time to pass and the day to end.And sometimes, I love doing nothing at all.

It would seem that the world wants us to be productive all the time to be successful. The narrative of the 2010s seems to be 'hustle till you die" or something along those lines. Don't get me wrong, hard work is uber-important. Just ask Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, who is possibly the epitome of the hustle. The guy is a Hollywood A-lister who films multiple movies at once, runs a production company and still finds time for insane workout sessions. Hard work has clearly got him (and many others) to where he is. But working hard 24-7, without finding time to unwind isn't just harmful, its unjust to your body. I'm sure The Rock finds time to relax and unwind as well, because success doesn't come from a one-sided dedication to the hustle. Hard work and relaxation go hand in hand.

In fact there are countries where the culture is completely different. For example, companies in Sweden don't allow employees to work more than six hours in a day. The average work week in Denmark is 33 hours. It's 27 in the Netherlands. All great countries with strong, stable economies. I believe that it is a lie that you must kill yourself in order to be successful. You just need a strong work ethic and a good balance of work and leisure.

Life isn't a race that needs to be won. Everyone goes through it at different paces, and if you find yourself bored or uninspired, that's just a sign that you need a break before you return to your work. At the same time, I also believe in being "bored responsibly." Your free time must not be wasted entirely on idle consumption of media or staring at the clock waiting for time to pass (as I sometimes do). Free time has to be supplemented by equal amounts of laziness and stimulation for the brain. For example, even if you play a mind game on your phone, it's not a total waste of time. And of course, boredom must have clear limits. Boredom is only useful if you use it to recharge before you get back to work. And when you get back to work, you'll be even better at what you do. Balance!

Now if you'll excuse me, I have an entire season of Stranger Things to catch up on.

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