30 Mar Do Something Just for the Fun of It!
It’s Saturday morning. That means I just got back from my Spanish course with spinning head but a cheeky smile in my face.
Usually, I would go straight into the gym.
But not today.
Today I spend time to go to the nearest Starbucks because I have tons of assignments in my to-do-list. As a writer, though, I always need to build my mood to write. Yes, contrary to popular belief, writers need to build their mood – they can’t just type in to the computer and be inspired. At least for me, sometimes I have to watch 3 episodes of Brooklyn 99, eat my savory snack, or take a bunch of useless Buzzfeed quiz to find out what kind of tomato I am – before I can seriously write.
It’s been so long that I can finally write as myself again. In the past six months, I have been so obsessed with SEO and all that shit, to ensure that my writing will show in the first page of Google Search. But looking back at my old blog, I realize how completely different my writings from the ones I used to write. I used to tell you about my daily lives, all the goofy things I do, all the interesting people I meet, the poems, the heartbreak rants, the inside jokes that only I can understand.
It was liberating. The blog has became my platform to share my stories with strangers, not caring about SEO, keywords, picture-perfect post, etc. That’s why – as you can see from my latest posts – I started being my old self again. Writing in Indonesian language, talking about my daily life, everything that I feel, everything that I think.
Casa Sabado por la mañana, es mi momento de divertirme. Puedo aprender tantas cosas nuevas. Y en la clase hoy, estudiamos preterito perfecto y indefinido en espanol. Son muy dificiles, pero me lo pase muy bien.
I’ve ever read that to maintain the “kid” inside you, you have to do one thing, just for the fun sake of it. It can be anything, you can write, draw, sing, make meme, learn Dothraki language, whatever that makes you happy.
Because most of the times, as an adult, I feel like we’re always chased down and encouraged to be productive ALL THE TIME. It’s insanely unrealistic but also – unhealthy. Everytime you open Instagram, LinkedIn, people will tell you that you have the same 24-hour, just like Beyonce or Bill Gates (BUT they don’t have to do their own laundry, do they???? – let’s keep it for another lengthy discussion).
The thing is, you’re not here on this earth to work. You’re here to live.
You’re allowed to take a break. Seriously. You need to.
I got so many new inspiration and energy after taking a break. Even if I love my job and it is in line with my passion, there’s no such thing as non-stop work. The saying “do what you love and you won’t have to work a day in your life” is completely wrong. You can love your job like it’s your life, but you will always be bored. It’s very humane.
That is why, if I ever become a motivational speaker, I would say, “Go out there and do at least ONE THING that has no reward whatsoever. Pay that Spanish class, join that tennis club, write your own fan fiction. Don’t think about the money or the fame you’re gonna get. Don’t think about anything. Just like when you’re a kid, do something for the fun of it.“
Every time I return from my Spanish class, I feel so happy and joyful. I learn so many new things. It’s so fun to learn a language completely different from our own. I can meet with new people, bind a friendship based only on the fact that we can speak Spanish to each other. Yesterday my friend went into this free drawing session. It’s nothing, it’s not a drawing course. You’re just invited to be there and draw along with other people. But she said that it’s addicting and she felt so content. To do nothing just for the fun of it.
Ah, but what do I know, right? I am just a kid in my 20s trying not to get insane or overly materialistic even though I live in a country that literally judge you based on your economic status.
Entonces, estais listo? Are you ready to pick one thing and try it?
Anyways, I think it’s time for me to get serious and start working to scratch 15 items on my to-do-list (insert vomiting emoticon here). Wish me luck and adios!