The world is full of things easy to understand.
When we are tired, we want to avoid something difficult. Leisure activities such as cartoons, games and TV programs are great to rest the brain. The market for easy things is much larger than the one for not-easy things, so the world continues to be occupied by things everybody can understand with no effort.
The market is ok, but at the individual level, it is quite difficult to improve quality of life if you only choose easy things. Better quality of life can be achieved when you seek to develop yourself to grasp or acquire something tough you encounter.
Do you only read cartoons? If you get to enjoy works of literature, you will improve the quality of your life.
Do you only enjoy TV programs? If you get to find art works interesting at museums, you will improve the quality of your life.
Do you only eat junk food? If you get to appreciate the taste of vegetables, you will improve the quality of your life.
Expanding the range of what you can enjoy leads to the expansion of your world. You also can obtain greater knowledge, better artistic sense and various other good qualities.
Of course, it consumes a certain amount of time and energy to do something difficult because it is a kind of “learning process”.
Then, what should we do for now? What you can enjoy heavily depends on personal preference, so I will never recommend something specific. Then, I would like to introduce a couple of practices I believe valuable.
The practice of trying suggestions you have received as a first step.
The practice of intentionally visiting places you have never been to.
Culture or sport classes, factory tours, craft courses…, you can pick anything. Just try something you have never done before. Simply dive into a field you are not familiar with. The tip is you do not expect to obtain something in return. Try not to seek to acquire something useful for your job or learn something to improve your skills. Those little challenges could happen to be helpful for your job in the end.
Steve Jobs, the late Apple’s CEO, took drop-in calligraphy classes after he had dropped out of his university. Probably, he was just interested in calligraphy at that moment, but the experience became a decisive element in the invention of Macintosh. Looking back his life, he described that unexpected link as “Connecting the dots”.
It is great to chase something looks directly useful for yourself right now, but it is also truly important for life to have courage to venture into the unknown.
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