May 24, 2015
Ah yes. Now that I’m President of Korea, I’m going to make a huge change. A change that was talked about in this very video. A change that will help all Korean people. Mandatory Siesta! Now not all parts of the world have siesta, Canada does not have it, but when I visited Croatia and Italy I had the chance to experience this lovely practice. I remember my family trying to grab a late lunch and being shocked at every place being closed at an odd hour. We thought it might have closed early for a holiday but then we saw everyone hanging around eating, sleeping, or chatting. That’s when my dad remembered that we were now in the siesta zone. For those of you that don’t know what it is, a siesta is basically a time period in the day (usually during the hottest time of day) when the country says “HEY. IT’S TOO DAMN HOT. SCERW THIS. I’M SLEEPING. LET’S ALL NAP AFTER EATING! GREAT IDEA!” It’s already been scientifically proven that a short nap can be super helpful for productivity and that human beings are actually less productive when working non-stop.
I’m sure most of you know that Korean people work really really hard. Whether it be when studying as a child or working long company hours, there isn’t a big culture of slowing down and relaxing. Considering how damn hot and humid it gets in the summertime, it would totally make sense for Korea to have a mandatory siesta culture. And not one of those fake laws that aren’t enforced in Korea after a certain amount of time. Like the one that said “students shouldn’t study so late, it is unhealthy, no more afterschool study programs after 10pm” but then the after study schools just turned off their outside lights to pretend no one was inside. I mean a real culture change. Something that everyone can get behind and say, “yeah, you’re right we DO need to relax more. Maybe if we weren’t so constantly stressed, we could be a more creative and generally happy people.”
And this would apply to ALL fields of work INCLUDING people in giant mega-companies. There would be no pressure from your boss to secretly skip siesta in order to get a raise or to climb the later, it would be looked down upon to NOT take siesta. It would be deemed irresponsible , like you’re not taking care of your body and mind. I can imagine a team saying, “Listen, we’re worried you can’t be the creative and hardworking person we need for this project because you’re clearly burning yourself out by working too long.” And this would apply for kpop stars and actors/actresses as well. Dance practice, driving in cars, or music shows during siesta. Skipping siesta? Do you want to get injured and ruin your dancing career? It would be irresponsible to your body to not relax between shows, and as your manager I need to see that you’re taking this job seriously by taking some time off. Especially when you have an injury. Otherwise it could become a permanent problem and doom your future in dance which would be bad for all our careers. I wish this kindof attitude shift could happen in Korea. I wish people could see that non-stop working does not equal non-stop productivity. So vote for me, Martina, as President of Korea and mandatory siesta time will begin!
So I’m curious if anyone is from a country of siesta-ing. Is that a word? Can I verb it up like that? Siestaing is the best! I’d like to know if there are any major cons you feel happening due to siesta culture and any pros as well! So what do you guise think about my plan? Do you agree with it or do you have plan of your own? Let me know in the comment section below.