Ian Frazier views marginal as places and activities which others especially those who are older, view as unprofitable but help individuals to unwind from the day to day pressures. He contends that though these activities may not work in an economic world driven by need to make a living, they are “profitable” in a way as they provide an avenue to relax. He recalls his childhood where together with his friends they would undertake fun activities such as rock throwing, frog shooting and tree climbing. He further explains that as they grew older, they developed and started pursuing individual goals which made the “marginal” places and activities seem less significant (Anti Essays).
In my opinion, Fraizer is right and as thus I agree with his ideas. As the adage goes ‘too much work makes jack a dull boy’, people need activities and places where they can have fun and do senseless activities that they used to do as youngsters without a care. The world today has a lot of challenges and the increased economic melt down is not helping. Stress has become one of the major attributes of modern day living and a source of common health problems such as anxiety and insomnia as opposed to the past where life was slow paced and people had a lot of time to relax and exercise. I have observed that people burry all their energies in finding solutions to their challenges such that they forget to have fun and are therefore always gloomy, uptight and worry too much. This creates need for people to find ways to have fun and momentarily forget about the worlds challenges. Faizer maintains that, he and his friends never ran out of ideas, but always found new things to do together such that they’d loose track of time (Anti Essays).
Lee (7), by using students brings out the importance of marginal activities where he maintains that while being a good student is critical to achieving one’s goals, other activities such as making friends, developing social skills and hanging out are as crucial. He further explains that spending time on one activity for too long does not guarantee increased quality of the activity but reduces the marginal value of the time spent on such an activity below the marginal opportunity cost sacrificed in pursuit of other activities. This phenomenon as applied in economics is known as the law of diminishing marginal return which states that holding other factors constant, increased investment in an area results into the return on that activity increasing at a decreasing rate (Rouse, 1). From the law one can deduce that, concentrating too much on one activity only benefits a person as much, and at a certain point one does not accrue any increased benefits from over indulging in the said activity. Organizations, world wide have realized this and therefore provide paid and unpaid vacations for their employees so that they may forget about work, spend time with their families and refresh their minds.
In the modern world, having fun is slowly being embedded in clubs and parties. While partying and clubbing are crucial activities in social activities, I personally find joy in traditional activities which are more aligned to the outdoors. Outdoor activities help me to bond with friends especially visiting parks, lakes and riding motorcycles. This creates a vey good platform where I can interact with friends and make friends away from constringent environments provided by parties. I especially enjoy spending time with my childhood friends outdoors as we remind each other of the senseless activities we used to do and sometimes get to re-live the memories by doing those things. Outdoor activities provide individuals with an opportunity to appreciate nature and God and have been proved to have an inspirational effect on writers, poets and musicians. Some individuals connect with their inner self when carrying out outdoor activities as opposed to when confined in doors.
“Marginal” activities as a means of relaxation provide health benefits as they reduce hypertension, asthma among other diseases. A break from the normal routine activities slows down the heart rate thus giving the heart a well deserved rest. Relaxation also decreases muscle tension thus improving blood flow to the muscles leading to better sleep, better concentration and problem solving abilities, smoother emotions and greater efficiency. This is evident when, while studying for tests, some students usually take a break and listen to music. Given, the importance of attaining good grades, parents would view listening to music especially during a test week, when students are supposed to concentrate all their efforts into studying as a waste of time. However, this is not the case, as music helps the body to relax and clears the mind therefore enhancing efficiency during later study periods (StudyMode).
Fazier argue that “marginal activities undertaken by an individual during childhood serves a purpose in the future, and gives an example of how what he considered a marginal activity turned into a productive activity in the future. To further substantiate this point of view, we will look at a few examples. Kids at times spend time competing to throw stones with the winner being the one who throws the stone furthest. Looking at this opportunity from an adult point of view it comes out as senseless but also dangerous, however, the activity can be a source of inspiration into joining sports and especially throwing the javelin or the discus. Secondly, outdoor marginal activities such as swimming, exploring the wild, if taken seriously make great careers as, according to my opinion, great careers emanate from activities that a person enjoys doing and not necessarily the financial benefits of an activity. Through personal observation, I have come to deduce that people give their best to activities they enjoy doing, therefore building careers from marginal activities would result to passionate career individuals. It is thus apparent that marginal activities serve a purpose in life.