|Photo via Katazoom|
Anyway, thinking about all the above things brought me to the point of this post: Is anyone else sick of hearing people complain about being "too busy" all the time? This is something that has bothered me for years, even in high school. In college, it became even more bothersome. There always seemed to be some type of closet competition between who could be the busiest. The conversation starts out like this: "Man, I haven't gone back to my dorm since 8 a.m. this morning. I had class and then work and then meetings and then I couldn't even eat dinner because I was at the Student Center and ..." Then the other person (usually a female, sorry), says, "Yeah, I know, I was up at 4 a.m. this morning for work and I have two papers due tomorrow and my mom is coming into town so I have to entertain her ..." Sound familiar? And maybe a little annoying? (I think so.)
Here's how I see it: How many of you have a Facebook? A Twitter? How many of you read or watch the news? Cook real food instead of making microwavable meals every night? Go to the gym? Are reading this blog right now? Then you have time. Almost everything you do throughout the day is a choice, besides sleeping, going to work (which is still technically a choice, but I won’t go there), taking care of bodily necessities and eating (but remember what and how you eat is a choice, too). Sure, there are things that will improve your quality of life, like making time to exercise and cook healthy meals, but you still don't have to do these things.
|A typical week during my senior year. I also worked from 5 to 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, but that didn't fit in this screenshot. Thank goodness for Friday/Saturday! :)|
Several of my friends often asked how I could watch so much TV when I had so many other things going on. To me, the answer was simple: It was priorities. I wanted to watch Law & Order: SVU, so I didn't do my reading for class. I didn't start my history thesis until the last possible moment and pulled an all-nighter cranking out 30 pages on Joan of Arc and other female mystics of the medieval period. I woke up at 4:30 a.m. to go to work three times a week, but then I napped in the afternoon whenever possible. Sure, there were days I felt overwhelmed, especially when there was an issue in the sorority I had to attend to, but I couldn't complain. I chose to run for president. I chose to get a part-time job instead of taking out student loans. I chose to double-major and graduate early, pushing both my capstone classes into one semester. And I chose to watch Netflix or nap when I could have been starting an upcoming paper or working out at the gym or writing another cover letter. My extracurricular activities (and even my academic pursuits) in college were my choice, so wouldn't it seem a little silly for me to complain about the load I had assigned to myself? Plus, I may consider myself to have been a busy person in college, but then I look at my friend who triple-majored while serving on Residence Hall staff and actively serving several student organizations, and I remind myself that there is always someone who is busier than I.
What do you think? Do you feel like you're "too busy"? After reading this post, do you realize you actually have more free time than you thought? Or do you think I'm completely wrong here and you should have the right to complain about being busy? Don't be afraid to disagree; I really do want to know your perspective on all this!
Disclaimer: This post exempts moms because children seem to be quite time-consuming, and I wouldn't presume to pretend like I know what it's like to raise a child.
P.S. — I might have neglected this blog this week, but I did a guest post for my sorority's national conference blog! You can check it out here. I'll also be posting more throughout the next week as the conference and my training gets underway.