It’s no secret that America is one of the most sleep-deprived countries in the world. Citizens of America work more hours and have less vacation time than those in other industrialized nations. There’s a huge emphasis on productivity and the urge to constantly be doing something useful all the time. Sometimes we work so hard, we forget to enjoy ourselves. Or else, we keep on going until we burn out… and that’s never a good thing.
Many times, it’s been said that playing video games, watching TV, and simply sitting and listening to music or radio talk shows are wastes of time. I think there’s a time and place for everything. If you’ve gotten everything accomplished for the day, why strain yourself and your energy trying to do a million more things in the name of being productive? Why not relax with a video game or a movie or a TV show for a while? All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, right? (Eck, I’ve always hated that saying, although it is true.)
I used to feel really guilty whenever I did something that wasn’t “productive,” like playing a computer game or watching an episode of Family Guy. In reality, I had nothing to feel guilty about. My work for the day was done. I knew that if I did anything else “productive,” I’d get tired and frustrated. But I still couldn’t shake the feeling that I had to work, work, work. Maybe it was that workaholic American culture talking.
The moral of the story is that life is short. Enjoy yourself while you’re here. Have fun while you can. There’s nothing wrong with playing video games every once in a while. 🙂 Relax.