My mom and I were taking a long car drive and this particular drive was not as boring as it could have been because we talked a lot. While talking, we realized that a lot of things that are good for you are actually unpleasant in varying degrees. Conversely, a lot of things that are bad for you are generally fun and enjoyable. This might not always be the case, but it seems like it is 99% of the time to me at least.
For instance, watching TV might be fun, but it isn’t very good for you especially when you’re young. We know some young people who have watched a lot of TV ever since they couldn’t even walk, and let’s just say they aren’t that intelligent, even though that could be attributed to other things.
We can probably all agree that drinking in excess or doing drugs are destructive behaviors, yet obviously a whole lot of people think the activity is very enjoyable. We were in Philadelphia Saturday night and people were having a party and were singing until the wee hours of the morning. It was very clear they were in an altered state of mind.
On the other hand, doing things which are good for you is often not very enjoyable. For instance, although I personally like eating carrots, I am not going to get as excited about eating one as I would about eating a cookie or a bowl of ice cream. When confronted with a salad and a piece of pizza, I’m going to go for the pizza. Baked potato or french fries – probably the fries. Greasy hamburger or tofu burger – give me the grease. Fried chicken or… you get the idea.
Let’s move on to activities which are considered good for us, like exercising. My parents are always groaning about having to do their exercises. They must do them, but they don’t seem to enjoy doing them. They seem much happier when they have finished and can sit down to do what they really want to do. Other examples come readily to mind. Studying, reading, learning, working – all good but sometimes not fun. Playing games, riding bikes, camping, fishing – maybe not the most productive things to do, but very satisfying to the soul haha.
I understand that these are pretty simple and obvious examples, but this concept pretty much applies to whatever you’re doing. Things you don’t like are good for you, and things you like are bad for you. It’s too bad, but it’s often annoyingly true.