As much I like to include a good quote in every article, I found it strenuous to choose one that closely fit this topic.

Everyone feels differently about laziness.

Jules Renard said, “Laziness is nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired.”

Conversely, Anne Frank suggested, “Laziness may appear attractive, but work gives satisfaction.”

Leaving such points undiscussed validates all the assumptions people may have about being lazy.

Laziness is neither a mood nor a feeling, but rather a temporary condition of idleness. Despite our ability to be self-motivated, moments of laziness can occur to us without our control.

We invest our time and effort to attain the satisfaction and success we would like to see in our lives, but everyone feels inclined to relax at some point.

Is laziness synonymous with rest, and does a lack of effort we may experience mean we are lazy? Of course not!

I believe we are at the apex of productivity when not overwhelmed by work, and rest is maintained in moderation.

But when does laziness stretch outside the normal boundaries and subdue our lives?

Let’s consider what actually triggers our laziness.

The first question I ask: “Why don’t people have the desire to do certain things?”

Would we really feel lazy if we had a genuine interest in everything we took upon ourselves?

You hear people complain about their jobs, their schedules, and their busy lives. Change the attitude and every busy occasion turns into an opportunity for self-growth.

Everything we do should provoke happiness.

The completion of a task, alone, may become one’s motivation.

Routine things may turn into mechanical actions over time, but even the slightest change on a daily basis is enough to break the cycle.

An amusing book, “How to Be Interesting: (In Ten Simple Steps),” by Jessica Hagy suggests we should vary our lives each day to enjoy daily adventures.

Exploring, being unique, and having fun are some of the points she makes to assert our lives could be made more exciting. Nothing is worse than a laborious process, and work should never pertain to disinterest.

We know ourselves more than anyone else knows us. Only we can interpret what we enjoy and in what areas we excel. Is there a correlation between the two?

I believe we perform exceptionally well when occupied by something that is of genuine interest to us. Not what we are forced to do, but what comes naturally by fitting in with our strengths and passions.

As far as my experience goes, kids at school always have a preference over certain classes due to individual qualities.

This applies to the homework and assignments that become tedious instead of thought-provoking, as well.

We exhibit feelings of laziness when interest is outweighed by work in the areas that don’t make sense or aren’t of interest. If school was fun and all aspects of the curriculum were elementary, kids would love learning. That is never the case.

Some students don’t want to accept a challenge, and others are not enticed by education altogether.

School is a metaphor for life, and this is only when the first steps are taken. Being lazy at work or in any sphere of the world means you are in the wrong place, doing what does not bring you self-fulfillment.

Realistically, we can’t enjoy every second of our days.

If it’s better put this way, I suggest we all enjoy a few lazy moments to give ourselves a break and gain better focus later.

If laziness becomes a consistent part of your life, think intuitively about the causes. Perhaps all you need is to find time for an interest, or to alter your usual plan of “doing” to make your day more exciting.

I would say laziness is one of the most defendable human feelings. A lazy thought or break can slip through, but be wary when it evolves into a habit.

So next time you feel a little lazy, let it go. Compromise with something worthwhile, and make the most out of every day.

Gabriella Kovalenko is a sophomore at New Milford High School.