Laziness: Self-esteem and Hard Working Family

Laziness is a disinclination to activity or exertion despite having the ability to do so. Terms that are often used for a person that is seen to be lazy include coach potato, slacker, bludger, and slouch. To me its just really not wanting to do anything thats physically or mentally exhausting. I believe that Jules Renard the French author said it best when he stated, “Laziness is nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired”. I think the environment and household you are raised in has a lot to do with laziness.

For example if you are raised in to a family that is all lazy and rely on government help to do everything for them and raised in a neighborhood where every one around them is most likely to end up in jail or dead, they will probably tend to believe there is no point of hard work and most likely the child will grow up with the lazy tendencies that he or she was raised around. On the other hand you take a child who is raised in to a hard working family and attends a good school in a good neighborhood where every one expects success, that to me can change a child’s mind set that doesn’t leave laziness as a option for them.

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In my case I grew up in Dorchester, MA in a rough inner city neighborhood. Most of the people I was raised around are either dead, in jail, or stuck in the street life and feel they have no choice and it’s to late to get out. Fortunately for me despite the area I was raised in I lived in a household full of hard workers. My parents were both hard working people that bought there first home after being in the United States for only four years. My sister didn’t fall far from the tree, she was a excellent high school student and went on to get her bachelors degree in music education at Berklee college of music and is now a music teacher.

Even though I was raised in a hard working household my environment still affected me in some way making me some what lazy when it came to education. I felt like there was other thing important in life and coming from my community that even if I tried working hard it was eventually just going to back fire and I will just waste my time. I now believe that this had a lot to do with the fear of trying and succeeding. It sounds complicated but where I come from a successful life seems to be just hard work and no fun.

Now as I am older and ore wiser this makes me notice that laziness is not just always random I think a lot of things you go through in life plays a big part in someone being lazy. Since high school my mind set had a sudden epiphany on the way I think about life and how awful it would be without goals, and ending it with regret and nothing to show for. I use to think that lazy people may be getting the most out of life, but it’s hard for me now to imagine how. I can’t imagine not having any drive or ambition to accomplish anything, and having the desire to engage only in passive activities, always being a spectator, and never acting.

Laziness, in many cases leads to poor health, low self-esteem, lack of hope, and low self confidence, among other things that I just now don’t see. It also takes away a person’s sense of accomplishment, a sense of self worth, and self development. How are you going to learn anything or pick up a new skill or develop a talent if you are too lazy to get up and do something? If you feel lazy at anytime I think you should then ask your self, What hurts more, the pain of hard work or the pain of regret?

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