You wake up each day before sunrise to get ready for work. As you make breakfast, thoughts of the day’s to-do list run through your mind. Remember to reply to those e-mails. You’ve run out of milk. That article won’t write itself. Yoga is tonight at 8, where’s your mat again? Don’t forget to call your mother.
The list is endless and could go on forever. It seems that everywhere you look, everyone is so busy. Busy working, busy working out, busy reaching goals, busy becoming successful. Busy is the new success, and if you’re not busy you won’t be successful, and if you’re not successful, you won’t be happy. Right?
This is for the busy girl.
If you’re out there pursuing a dream that makes your heart beat faster and your eyes shine a little bit brighter, keep pushing. Pursuing our dreams is what keeps us alive, and that is something you should hold onto with everything you have. If your packed schedule simply seems like a list of things to check off, it might be time to look at why you started in the first place.
It’s easy to get lost in the distraction of being busy when everyone around you is just as busy, if not more so. Sometimes, a full schedule is a distraction from your truth. If your busyness is leading you to a seemingly endless path and your day is not filled with things that bring you joy or excitement for the future, accept this truth. Begin to remove the things that no longer serve you or make you happy to make room for those that do. If a calm day with a job you enjoy brings you happiness, then that is your truth.
Recently I’ve been unemployed, pursuing my passions and hobbies to make a possible career out of them. While I was in University, all I could think about was how wonderful it would be to have more time to pursue what I loved. Now that I’ve graduated, I look at those who are working full time with busy schedules and at times, I envy them. When I speak to those who work every single day in jobs they don’t have a passion for, I can hear the stress in their voices. Yet still I wonder, should I be working a job I don’t particularly like rather than follow my dreams- am I being unrealistic? Isn’t that what we all dream of? To spend our lives doing that what we love?
Happiness comes in all different forms. We each have our own calling and image of what we want our lives to be. If you thrive off of being busy and are working towards your goals, keep on keeping on! Just remember to try to take a breather every once in a while and remember what it is that makes you happy.
How do you stay grounded when you’re busy? I’d love to hear about your experiences!