- savor /SEY-ver/
- performative /per-FAWR-muh-tiv/
- anticlimactic /an-tee-klahy-MAK-tik/
- humblebrag /HUHM-buhl-brag/
- fall into place /fawl IN-too pleys/
[verb] – to enjoy food or an experience slowly to enjoy it as much as possible
We haven’t seen each other in ages! Let’s savor this reunion.
[adjective] – performing an act by the very fact of being uttered
Organizing plans make people more performative of what they want to do.
[adjective] – causing unhappiness by being less exciting than expected
The audience was disappointed with the movie’s anticlimatic ending.
[verb] – to let people know about something you are very proud of in a way that makes it appear as if you are complaining or embarrassed
Nowadays, social media is full of people humblebragging about how “awful” they look.
[idiom] – when things fall into place, they happen satisfactorily, without problems
If you control your emotions, everything will fall into place.
According to studies, some people feel immense pressure to make the most use of their free time by anticipating and spending more money. US economist Daniel Hamermesh mentions in his book “Spending Time: The Most Valuable Resource” that the way we seek out top-notch products and services has grown faster than the quantity of time we have to do so. While trying to plan out the best vacation or leisure experience ever might inspire us to be performative, high expectations may clash with our experienced reality, making it feel anticlimactic. In fact, people in high-stress, high-paying occupations prioritize work productivity to the point where they regard leisure as lacking value, even when it doesn’t interfere with their pursuit of goals. Additionally, Marketing Associate Professor Anat Keinan explains that we’re witnessing a shift in our viewpoints: a lack of leisure time has become a potent status signal. She points out that celebrities on Twitter humblebrag about “having no life” and “being in desperate need of a vacation.”
The persistent anxiety that we aren’t using our time “right” can undermine the fundamental purpose of leisure. At the end of the day, the only “right” way to enjoy leisure is to unwind, build good memories, and trust that everything will fall into place.
- Did you have a hobby in the past that you no longer do? Why did you quit it?
- Do you usually plan your recreational activities or spend your free time resting? Please tell me more about it.
- If given the chance, would you choose to work and earn less to have more free time? Why or why not?
- In your opinion, did people have more free time in the past?
- Do you agree that there is a “right” way to use our free time? Please explain your answer.
- time off