RT Cunningham

One Person’s Work is Another Person’s Entertainment

work and entertainment If you understand the entertainment industries, one person’s work is indeed another person’s entertainment.

The value of work cannot be understated. You can’t look forward to time off if you already have all your time off. I know what it feels like. I’ve been “enjoying” my retirement since 2006. Since then, I’ve tried to fill my days with something other than enjoyment.

Entertainment and Recreation

Recreation can be considered entertainment as long as you’re not the one providing it. Otherwise, the terms overlap a little. Playing pool is recreation and entertainment for everyone except the people who have to clean up. It’s work for them.

The actors in the latest blockbuster movie were working for a living. It’s now your entertainment. The singers in the latest chart-topping song you like were also working for a living.

Do you like to play basketball at the community courts? The guy making sure the balls are inflated properly is doing his work. Do you like to go fishing at various campgrounds? The game warden does his job so you can enjoy your chosen form of recreation without issues.

The Value of Work

I’ve treated what I do everyday something like work. Yes, I know it’s a hobby but I don’t treat it like a hobby. I would go crazy if every one of my days was filled with nothing but entertainment or recreation. Making money was never my goal, but I have made money doing what I do. In fact, I averaged more than $1000.00 a month at one time. Those days are gone, of course, but I don’t really miss them.

My “job” involves writing. To be effective, I have to do more than a little research. I spend most of the daylight hours writing or researching the subject I’m writing about. Then I enjoy the evenings knowing I don’t have anything pressing. If I’m good at what I do, you’ll be entertained by it in some way.

Home Work, Not Homework

Whether you call it “work at home” or “work from home”, it’s practically the same thing. You either work for a company remotely or you work for yourself. I’ve known people in both categories for years, including a niece in Arizona. All I can say about working remotely is be careful. Data entry jobs are a dime a dozen, and they don’t pay very well.

If you care to learn how, you can write like I write, or… you can do something similar, yet different. Video blogging, or “vlogging” can be more rewarding while eating up a lot less time when you get good at it. Most “youtubers” do their thing at home. You can even write a book or two if you know how to translate your thoughts to the written word. I haven’t written a book yet and I probably never will.

Most entertainment isn’t productive. Watching TV or movies, playing video games or other forms of recreation are great for passing the time but not much more. Wouldn’t you feel much better doing something worthwhile with your time? I know I always do. The sense of accomplishment is way more valuable than some other emotions you may experience.

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RT Cunningham
May 13, 2019
Education and Employment