I’ll Have Nothing to Do, Just Complete Boredom

He couldn’t listen anymore and made me stop talking by bellowing, “Shogo, just listening to you makes me annoyed. Why the hell should people see the world? You’re talking as if Japan was the worst place to live and as if just going to a job every day couldn’t make people happy. You have to know, I don’t need any vacation because if I always take a vacation, I’ll have nothing to do, just complete boredom. If I have a lot of spare time, actually, I don’t have anything to do. Consequently, it’s good for me to work constantly so that I won’t get bored every day. I don’t care about Mexicans, Americans, Europeans, or Canadians. I like Japanese people and women. I don’t need to go anywhere. Just having the good job and having two day offs a week satisfies me and is enough for me. Shogo, if you don’t like Japan, why are you staying here? Just leave Japan, I kindly suggest to you.”

I asked another cigarette, and he reluctantly gave it to me. I lit it and said casually: “But, Yoshi, I just said you should take a vacation to learn new things and make new friends from different countries because they think and behave differently from Japanese. I just thought it might help you to understand the meaning of life. Anyway, it’s okay with me if you don’t want to see the world because it’s your life. Please forgive me for saying, but I pity you sincerely, because you said you have nothing to do if you have a lot of free time that implies you don’t have real friends. Life is immense and offers a lot of opportunities if you look at it another way. I know Japanese are busy at keeping their jobs, nothing more, and nothing less. Like you, they just waste their time making money and don’t know how to enjoy their lives. If you had real friends, you would always want to go out with them and would have a lot of plans to share your joy of life with them. By the way, you complained about your boss and job circumstances before if I remember correctly. Are you truly happy just working every single day for the rest of your life without anything to show for you dear life? When do you usually feel happy? I’m very sure that when you work, and your boss scowls at you for nothing, you are not happy. For that reason, I assume while you’re being on the job, you’re not happy. Tell me, Yoshi?”

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