Everyone knows that high school life can get pretty busy. From homework and tests, to clubs and part-time jobs, it is not unusual for students to have a packed schedule. And when we do have free time, we try to fill it up with anything we can to keep ourselves entertained. But often times, we get lost in the noise of everything. We somehow get swept up in our personal matters, yet manage to lose sight of ourselves.
When was the last time you did nothing? Like, actually nothing? Not nothing, as in sleeping or “mindlessly staring at your phone with Netflix on in the background”, but nothing”in the most literal sense. As in, only the bare minimum necessary to continue living. Which basically equates to just breathing.
It’s not a new idea by any means, but just as it is important to be able to focus on doing something, you should also be able to defocus and do nothing. Doing nothing reminds you that the world does not revolve around you. The world won’t come crashing to a halt just because you took a break. Sometimes, we don’t even realize how self-absorbed we are until we take a step back and look at everything from a broader perspective.
Here’s my simple challenge for you: Do nothing for five minutes. Nothing. No thinking, no worrying, no focusing and no listening to music. Do absolutely nothing. Theoretically, it should be the easiest thing in the world, right? But in practice, it’s harder than it seems. Why is that?
It seems like technology has made us so accustomed to constant stimulation that it feels awkward if we are doing nothing. But I don’t think there’s anything wrong with wanting to do something to keep us busy. We’re not sloths, after all. Even without technology, we would look for trivial things to occupy our minds. That’s just who we are. Doing nothing makes us bored. But that boredom then becomes our motivation for doing something meaningful.
I’m not saying it’s okay to be lazy. In fact, I want everyone to give their all doing what needs to be done. But don’t forget to do nothing every once in awhile. As backwards as it may sound, get out there and go do nothing!