There are moments in life when we all just need a break. A break from the conventions of the world; a break from the formalities of the world; and a break from who we are and how we are perceived by others.
I would say that I’ve been living pretty much a well-planned life. Just like many Asians (didn’t want to generalize, but it’s true), I do pretty much what everyone else expects me to do, and do them well enough. If my life was a book, it would be a textbook. It’s filled with content, but pretty much everything about it is predictable - just chapters after chapters of ‘knowledge’ (whatever that may mean) written with language formalities - if you get what I mean. It lacks the moments of inspiration and aspiration in a novel; and does not reflect the spontaneity that occurs in real life.
Spontaneity is something that people may be scared of because of the uncertainty that is attached to it. But what we don’t know is that spontaneity actually helps us reorganize ourselves. It’s an opportunity to redefine ourselves and find better ways to live our lives. As Graham Greene said in his short story “The Destructors” - “destruction after all is a form of creation.” While it’s probably unnecessary to go in that extreme route, to destroy ourselves, it is sometimes not a bad idea to break away from what we usually do, and break away from the confinement of a planned life.
This leads us back to the idea of taking a break. There is actually a lot more to taking a break than say a nap or play games on your computer. Looking at it from a broader scope, taking a break can mean learning something new, doing something outrageous (how ever that’s defined), or just being spontaneous. It’s a process that can sometimes lead us to learn more about some of the undiscovered facets of ourselves. Ultimately, what’s most important about taking a break is that taking a break allows us to move forward.
Moving forward in life is probably the least you can do as a human being. When you are not moving forward, it actually translates to moving backwards in life. So next time when you feel like you’re not making any progress in life, or even just with school work, try taking a break: do something you’ve never done before, learn something new, have fun for a bit, be spontaneous and open to uncertainty!