I was going to dedicate this editor’s note to the importance of rest. Living in a 24-hour society, we are suffering from the endemic of sleep deprivation—so many of us are managing on less than six hours of sleep per night during the week—that we are running ourselves into the ground. We are running on empty.
Without letting our brains and bodies recharge, repair and recuperate, we are putting ourselves at greater risk of obesity, heart disease, depression and yes, premature death. There is a positive correlation between consistent lack of sleep and a shorter life span. We are literally killing ourselves. Slowly. But definitely surely.
Check out our special feature on all things sleep. In short, get off your phones, turn off that computer and get some rest son! Can’t sleep? If you have a copy of our print magazine (subscribe, if not), flip the bottom right hand corner to count the sheep jumping over fences in our little illustrated animation (with a twist) until your eyes droop. Ah, the beauty of print.
But, having now dealt with that issue (and a serious issue at that), I want to turn to the other matter at hand that’s been keeping me up at night (oh, the irony). And it is this: are we sleeping on—that is, brushing aside, turning a blind eye, deliberately or subconsciously letting slide—our responsibility to build a life that matters? It is actually the mission statement of the editorial team here at Esquire Singapore: to create content that inspires Singapore men (and women) to live a life with purpose. And I can’t take full credit for that; it was born from a conversation I had with Jay Fielden, editor-in-chief of Esquire US. But it’s the very bullseye of why we exist.
Surely, when all is said and done, we want to look back at our time here on this little blue planet and see that we have made a modicum of difference; that the community that we are in, and the world that we inhabit, has benefited in some way (regardless of how big or how small) from us being here. Otherwise, what is the point?
What scares you? What keeps you up at night? To fall asleep and miss the season’s fashion holy grails? Jokes. Personally, I’m terrified of not fulfilling my God-given potential. To just meander through life, going through the motions of getting married, starting a family and landing a secure job to pay off a 30-odd year mortgage for some four by four, but ultimately, just live a comfortable existence, leave a carbon footprint, but not really add anything. Boring. Thank you, next.
I might sound painfully idealistic to some, but I’m hoping (praying, in fact), that I’m stirring up the hearts of others. There’s obviously nothing wrong with buying assets, landing a great job and raising a stellar family—indeed, your life purpose may be tied to, or overlap with, those very things. Just remember that life is not just about ticking off those items on the checklist. There is so much more.
What gets your goat? What pisses you off? Alternatively, what excites you? What would you do if you won a billion dollars (besides being on the cover of Forbes magazine, smiling next to Oprah and the Queen)? Are you passionate about championing Asian representation in Hollywood, like British actress Gemma Chan ? Taking it to the big boys in the wine industry like the new crop of wine growers in China? Or, refusing to let age be a factor in pursuing your dream, and releasing your first album at the age of 66 like Jeff Goldblum (that’s right, the actor)? Whatever the cause, whatever the endeavour, it all starts with a decision to do something about it… now.
Wake up. You’re here to solve a problem. Stop sleepwalking through life. And, if you ever need a friendly reminder to get your ass into gear, then Esquire Singapore is here to help. Think of us as your trusty golden retriever; always by your side and championing you on. Wild horses couldn’t drag us away. Okay, except maybe squirrels and mud puddles on a rainy day. Besides that, we’re here for you with a saliva-stained tennis ball and a toothy grin that says, “You’re amazing, even though you bought a cat.”