I’ve lost all ability to be inspired; I blame it on a stagnating life and 1001 sleepless nights have not done any good to the mind.
No, this is not one of those pessimistic posts that have insidiously invaded the blog. This is an attempt to turn negativity into constructive writing.
I was inspired by a quote from Friedrich Nietzsche “How people keep correcting us when we are young! There is always some bad habit or other they tell us we ought to get over. Yet most bad habits are tools to help us through life.”
I thought about this for some time and I guess he’s right. I’ll list five
1. I find it imperative to learn the lyrics of songs I like and will not stop singing.
Bad habit indeed! You couldn’t shut me up when I started singing as a kid. Yet this might have been a first step to memory-training. I soon realised that I could learn effectively through listening (just as Plato might have advocated). Tell it once and I’ll remember– I think that’s how I got attuned with my History classes. I’m not a quick learner but it could’ve been worse.
2. I tend to over-think everything, at times leaning towards negativity.
I mentioned that this less-than-appealing predisposition has its problems; but it has given me an opportunity to create what I could never have if life had been a bed of roses. I write & engage in creative design as an outlet. I think of contingencies, which keep me prepared to react spontaneously. Not too bad, though it gets tiring sometimes.
3. I have a high propensity to get restless.
Remember the days when the teacher tells you to stay seated and finish your work within stipulated hours? I would finish what I had to, satisfactorily too, and for more. This resulted in my tendency to keep learning/reading and thus far it hasn’t done too much harm.
4. I don’t seem to sleep very much.
It’s supposedly really bad for health. But my days are fully dedicated to work, and I can only do what I wish to in the evenings. When else would I be able to find time to do what I like to? I got accustomed to this and now I guess my work-life balance is pretty decent. Tentatively, though.
5. I am an unrepentant foodie even as a child.
That’s the greedy kid that wouldn’t stop running into the kitchen to steal some food from the pot. Strangely though, apart from developing a keen sense of taste, I figured at a young age that I’ll need to know how to cook in order to keep eating. I learnt to cook various cuisines very quickly, and am still experimenting positively with more. This is a tool that has helped through life indeed.
What about you? I’ll be happy to have all of you think through yours and evaluate if your “bad habits” are the very tools that have given you strength in life.