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Work Hard Play Hard

香港這個豆潤地方,擠進了七百萬人,機會有限,僧多粥少情況下內內外外都是競爭。對外,要面對不同國家和城市,爭取成為國際大都會、金融中心;而對內則要爭學位、爭工作、甚至爭地方住。

 

劇烈競爭的必然結果是壓力。無論大人細路,在香港要生存就要給自己壓力,向上爬,爭取機會。又講壓力?Yes,講少少。人不能只活在壓力之中,所以有一句好偉大的phrase: work hard play hard來打救世人。這是一種態度,也是生活在高度壓力的情況下的一個解決方案。

 

所謂work hard play hard,簡單理解就是工作時盡力,休息玩樂時都盡情。這句說話還有其他可能性:work hard play soft,work soft play hard和work soft play soft。

 

如果你在工作或學習的時候盡力過,不必太介意事情有否按照自己的期望發生,因為努力過就不必後悔。而work hard過後,人就需要用play hard去平衡自己所付出的,並以此為自己回復能量,為下一次的work hard作好準備。
 

Work hard play hard這種態度,是做人要過得人過得自己的態度。如果你根本沒有work hard就去play hard,即本身的事都做不好,又怎有資格去玩?work hard play soft呢,是普遍工作狂的特質。每天都努力工作,無間OT,即使休息放假去旅行還掛住覆email做公司事務,令自己無法放鬆,猶如一條濕毛巾,乾了再扭也扭不出水。work soft play soft呢?大件事,又不事生產又沒有休息,好比一部生鏽了的機械人,甚麼都做不了,越來越頹廢。
 

而辛勤的香港人大多是work hard play soft而不是work hard play hard。在自己為自己帶來的龐大精神壓力之下,沒有適當放鬆自己的香港人很容易因為壓力爆煲而崩潰。Play hard就像拔河的另一端,去平衡work hard令力量不會側於一邊。

 

這種觀念,要是能在學生之間好好培養的話,或許就能稍為改變一下社會的陰沉的競爭氣氛。一個好簡單的例子:當我在英國的時候,學生生雖然有著要好好讀書的責任感,但在課外活動,做運動等的時候都不遺餘力傾力完成。溫書時溫書,踢波時就踢好波;不留手,不分心。

 

在香港呢?相信不少年輕讀者們都經歷過,臨公開考試前,PE堂總會很少人上堂,因為要爭取時間溫書。一個二個換好PE衫卻帶著past paper在food court做,做足兩個鐘。這種work play 失衡的現象倒頭來其實也影響了自己。不停地只有work沒有play令人瘋狂鑽牛角尖,明明很簡單的問題都可以因為腦筋沒有放鬆而解決不了。

 

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy。Work Hard Play Hard的意義,除了能活化我們的社會之外,也像為一輛用盡油的車重新注滿油再上路。難怪,連同事的電腦密碼也改成了workhardplayhard去提醒自己……

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