Monday Motivation: Get Drunk (Not Really)

Really, please don’t drink. I’m serious–not only am I opposed to it for religious reasons, it just feels like a recipe for a massive headache and some embarrassing moments. But the words refer to today’s motivation, so there you have it. But on to the motivation itself.

I recently finished Misaeng, a Kdrama about… reality. And office politics. It was stark and a bit depressing and absolutely amazing. One episode they highlighted a poem that seemed to carry a theme throughout the rest of the show. I haven’t decided whether I like it or not–or if the show agreed with it or not–but I think it relates to this idea of living.

Misaeng - Not Yet Alive (미생 – 아직 살아 있지 못한 자)

This is Misaeng. Incomplete Life. Watch it!

Get Drunk, Charles Baudelaire.

Always be drunk.
That’s it!
The great imperative!
In order not to feel
Time’s horrid fardel
bruise your shoulders,
grinding you into the earth,
Get drunk and stay that way.
On what?
On  wine, poetry, virtue, whatever.
But get drunk.
And if you sometimes happen to wake up
on the porches of a palace,
in the green grass of a ditch,
in the dismal loneliness of your own room,
your drunkenness gone or disappearing,
ask the wind,
the wave,
the star,
the bird,
the clock,
ask everything that flees,
everything that groans
or rolls
or sings,
everything that speaks,
ask what time it is;
and the wind,
the wave,
the star,
the bird,
the clock
will answer you:
“Time to get drunk!
Don’t be martyred slaves of Time,
Get drunk!
Stay drunk!
On wine, virtue, poetry, whatever!”
~ ~ ~
There are two ways I could see this poem going: one is that life is depressing and you need something–preferably a good bottle of scotch–to keep reality continually at bay. The other is that you need a passion in life, something that always keeps you going so you’re never adrift. I tend to lean towards the first interpretation myself, and I don’t like it. Because I don’t think we need to be drunk–not literally or metaphorically–because of life. Life is meant to be enjoyed, so even in your passions you should keep your head on your shoulders to smile. Enjoy consciously, live consciously, smile with a purpose. See stars and chase your dreams, yes, but keep your feet firmly on the ground. Even if you’re not always doing something you love, love what you’re doing.
The Satisfying 'Misaeng' Finale Scores Impressive Ratings : Drama ...

This is Geu-Rae. He loves what he does. Kind of. Watch Misaeng and understand.

Don’t get drunk–because then you can’t see the the wind, the wave, the star, the bird, the clock. Look at them, challenge them–live! Face the bad in life, even if it hurts you. You will always be better off in the end for it, if you choose to be. It’s an interesting dichotomy: living with a single-minded drive to block out the world, and living with an open minded drive to let the world in. Don’t get drunk, guys, take in as much good as you can. That’s what motivates me this week. That’s what’ll motivate me this month. And on that note, I have an announcement. Check out the next post to find out what. ^^
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