2014年7月6日托福独立写作题目：Do you agree or disagree with the following statement:People should take time to relax with hobbies or physical activities that are different from what they do in work.
The question of what to do in one’s spare time to relax has been a tricky question for many people. Some contend that the best way to relax is to practice a hobby or physical activity that is different from what they do at work. On the other hand, others might contend that doing similar activities to ones work is a great way to relax. It is my opinion that people don’t necessarily need to do a hobby or physical activity that differs from their work in order to relax.
First, let me provide an example of a man who spends most of his workday sitting in front of a computer. Now some people would say that this man should find a hobby or a physical activity that does not
involve a computer. However, I believe that there are several relaxing activities that involve a computer that this man could enjoy. For example, the man can spend time relaxing by playing computer games, reading online news, talking to friends or watching entertainment programs on his computer. Granted this may not be the healthiest activity but I believe that this method of relaxation is just as worthy as others.
Secondly, many people have jobs that they love. What I mean by this is that some people’s work responsibilities overlap quite a bit with their hobbies. If people love the type of work that they do, then doing similar types of work or activities in their free time to relax is perfectly acceptable. Take for example a tennis instructor. This tennis instructor spends the majority of her workday teaching students how to play tennis and playing tennis with her students. Because there is overlap with her professional career and her hobby, I believe that playing tennis as a way to relax is acceptable.
It is true that people need find ways to relax after a stressful day or busy week. However, in my opinion, whatever method people chose to relax, whether it is related to their professional work activities or not, is appropriate. For the above reasons, I firmly disagree with the statement that people need hobbies and physical activities unrelated to their work to relax.
In this increasingly competitive society, it is generally agreed that people should spend more time in learning new skills, particularly those related to what people do at work. However, when it comes to the issue of whether people should take time to relax with hobbies or physical activities that are different from what they do, opinions may sometimes diverge. From my perspective, people should pursue an extensive range of interests, no matter what their professions are.
Firstly, jointing work with entertainment can improve people’s professional skills and develop their innovation. It is well known that Apple made its name for the notable beauty in its typography, which was later copied by Windows and found wide application in most personal computers. But for his intense interest in calligraphy and effort in learning it in his spare time, Steve Jobs could never have designed the exceptionally beautiful typography. Although calligraphy, a completely irrelevant hobby, appeared to be of no use at first sight, it played a vital role in the long run.
Secondly, separating professions from leisure activities will definitely release the sustained pressure people build up occasionally during work. Supposing you work as a computer programmer during the day, you might be inclined to relax by playing computer games at night. While computer games can indeed be relaxing, doing some physical activities might be better. Sports can have unexpected benefits for your work. Regular exercise will counter the muscle-wasting, posture-destroying effects of sitting in front of a computer the whole day. After all, nothing could be achieved in your work without a healthy body.
Thirdly, pursuing activities unrelated to your work can help you meet interesting people you wouldn't meet otherwise. It can be easy to get sucked into a certain world if your career is very specialized. If you're a lawyer, for example, you will probably spend a lot of time socializing with other lawyers. But meeting people outside your profession can be refreshing. I have a friend who used to be a lawyer, but switched to a career in art after spending some time with artists at a local art studio. She was inspired to learn about art and started her own art gallery. In this way, pursuing something unrelated to work enriched her life immensely.
Admittedly, knowledge is important to everyone and people should always be in pursuit of professional skills, but we cannot deny that hobbies or physical activities are also an essential part of our life. Not only do these activities provide us innovations, they also build our body, enrich our lives and allow us to become better-rounded individuals.
天道智思托福培训 教研组提供!2014/6/29托福独立写作：To remain happy and optimistic when you fail is more important than achieving success.