Why nothing matters #003
Tuesday, April 4th, 2017. I went to the beach for the first time this year. Yes, I've decided to join that spring excitement. I got up early, met some friends and we spent most of the day there. What I most love about going to the beach is that people plan ahead and gather in one place to do nothing (more on that thought below). Once I got home, I remembered how tiring that can be, but it also pumped me to work.
In our daily routines we tend to focus on being productive. On doing the most amount of work possible and trying to make every minute count. We've all said it in a way or another: 24 hours is not enough for a day. Some people even try their best to sleep the least possible. But it's also not news that overworking is unproductive. We need to stop and look around every once in a while to rest not only our body but our minds as well.
Most people who argue that sleeping is essential to our well-being say that sleeping doesn't equal to doing nothing. They try to add functionality to it. I don't like that approach and prefer to tackle that by looking at the issue from another angle.
Doing nothing is not the issue — it's the solution. The only problem is that nothing is sort of a taboo. It's pleasant to contemplate nothingness in any of its forms — not only by sleeping but by watching silly videos on YouTube or by staying all day at the beach. Being unproductive feels good. It relieves your stress and allows you to decompress. All of that for nothing.
Although, I must admit that when you are surrounded by your routine it's hard to believe that nothing can help. That's why we need reminders like weekends, holidays, sleep and random web-surfing.
Honestly, our best ideas usually come to us when we are showering or resting our heads on our pillows right before going to sleep — when we are essentially doing nothing.
Here's to nothing.