Unhappy Golden Week? Part 2

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Apr 17, 2019 09:17
Secondly, I'd like to talk about internal factors. It's hard for me to understand this, but some people seem to be upset when they have no specific schedule on holidays. In reality, there are a lot of people who head for crowded places as they should do during GW. For such people, GW may be a dilemma. I guess the reason why many people behave that way is largely because the Japanese media urge them to "spend meaningful holidays." For me, "spending meaning holidays" happens only when my mental state goes well with my behavior. Of course, you may find something meaningful after doing it, but I think it's kind of like a gamble. That's why I don't get the situation where some people try to create a tight schedule anyway. (This is an opinion from a person whose "orthodox meaningful holidays" are used to go somewhere near my home depending on my mood, and otherwise, to play games and read books.)


Another thing I want to point out is that it's very hard for people nowadays to decide what to do when they're free. This seems to relate to so-called the paradox of choice. Unless you're in a situation where you can't afford to make ends meet, you have myriad choices to do when you have free time, and the number of choices often paralyzes you. Some Japanese people are not good at thinking themselves, so it’s reasonable that they want "meaningful holidays" the media recommend to them.


Thinking back again, spending a meaningful life is really difficult for us. I think one of the ways to do so is to struggle to how to achieve it with having fun.

改めて考えると、人生を「有意義に過ごす」ということは本当に難し と思う。何をどうしたら「有意義に過ごす」ことになるのか楽しみながらも試行錯誤することが、「有意義に過ごす」ことの一つになるんじゃないかと思う。