Seriously. I think the natural inertia of not bothering or not doing is built upon illusion. It always seems easier not to do anything, but I think it’s a lie. I think it creates more problems in the long run.
And doing something, anything, is great. It provides an intensity of feeling, an active appreciation of the world. It makes things feel better. That’s great, we should be aiming for that more often.
So do it.
Whatever it is.
(Provided it doesn’t hurt anyone, isn’t illegal and is generally within the bounds of positive behaviour obviously).
Just do it. Like motivational sports branding.
But of course, it isn’t as simple as the adverts would have us believe, and I’m certainly someone who ends up not bothering quite often. There’s a certain appeal to laying in bed, sitting on the computer or being plonked in front of the tv feeling sorry for one’s self.
But you’ve only got one self to play with (fnarr) and you know for a fact it’s better with others (fnarr).
So the general theme has to be, get out there, give it a go. Say hello to someone you don’t know. Smile and be merry. All sort of hippy crap like that.
And why do you do it?
Well, you can do it because positivity has a tendency to multiply, because when you are pleasant, the person you are pleasant too is likely to be pleasant to someone else, doubling the initial pleasantness. Exponential pleasantness.
But if that doesn’t float your proverbial, then just do it for your self. Create a feedback loop. Get some endoprhins going.
Doing something is good for you. Activity stimulates brain and body. Whatever it is you will gain something. You’ll learn, for a start, what happens if you do that.
And that should mean, that no matter how bad something goes, you can still get something out of it.
Even if its just the knowledge not to do that again.
So bother. But don’t bother others. Unless they’re wrong. In which case make sure you do it nicely. Because they’re almost certainly right from their perspective, and it’s incredibly important to bother seeing things from other perspectives. That’s probably why there are so many people in the world. To make it easier to learn that different points of view are valid.
(Bleh. I’m not actually pointing to a teleological why of the universe, I’m just making a point, there’s no reason for anything, we’re just really good at making them up).
And there is no reason. If there is no reason, why bother?
Because you can. Because you have the capacity for reason. Because you can make a decision and act upon it. You should exercise that as often as possible. Funnily enough, I think that’s a common point of most philosophies, religions, viewpoints. From existentialism to buddhism to christianity to communism. There’s an emphasis on doing. Action.
It’s one of the few things they’ve got right.
Illustration by Maria.