In this increasingly competitive society, it is generally agreed that people should spend more time in learning new skills, particularly those related to what people do at work. However, when it comes to the issue of whether people should take time to relax with hobbies or physical activities that are different from what they do, opinions may sometimes diverge. From my perspective, people should pursue an extensive range of interests, no matter what their professions are.
Firstly, jointing work with entertainment can improve people’s professional skills and develop their innovation. It is well known that Apple made its name for the notable beauty in its typography, which was later copied by Windows and found wide application in most personal computers. But for his intense interest in calligraphy and effort in learning it in his spare time, Steve Jobs could never have designed the exceptionally beautiful typography. Although calligraphy, a completely irrelevant hobby, appeared to be of no use at first sight, it played a vital role in the long run.
Secondly, separating professions from leisure activities will definitely release the sustained pressure people build up occasionally during work. Supposing you work as a computer programmer during the day, you might be inclined to relax by playing computer games at night. While computer games can indeed be relaxing, doing some physical activities might be better. Sports can have unexpected benefits for your work. Regular exercise will counter the muscle-wasting, posture-destroying effects of sitting in front of a computer the whole day. After all, nothing could be achieved in your work without a healthy body.
Thirdly, pursuing activities unrelated to your work can help you meet interesting people you wouldn't meet otherwise. It can be easy to get sucked into a certain world if your career is very specialized. If you're a lawyer, for example, you will probably spend a lot of time socializing with other lawyers. But meeting people outside your profession can be refreshing. I have a friend who used to be a lawyer, but switched to a career in art after spending some time with artists at a local art studio. She was inspired to learn about art and started her own art gallery. In this way, pursuing something unrelated to work enriched her life immensely.
Admittedly, knowledge is important to everyone and people should always be in pursuit of professional skills, but we cannot deny that hobbies or physical activities are also an essential part of our life. Not only do these activities provide us innovations, they also build our body, enrich our lives and allow us to become better-rounded individuals.