Is it just me or do people always go out of their way to make it seem like they are more busy than they actually are? As if being swamped with things to do is some sort of social indicator of success?
For one reason or another , we always want to show off everything we have going on in our lives. Whether it be school or work or family responsibilities, we’ve all played the “my life is more hectic than yours, I win ” game with someone else at one point. It’s quite sad if you think of it. We want people to think that because we have X and Y and Z to do , we’re sooo important. To feel as though our time is valuable and can’t be wasted.
And sure , many of us lead very busy lifestlyes. Maybe you work day in and day out. Maybe you spend all your time in school or studying. Or maybe you’re trying to balance both. Whatever the case, it’s inevitable that as we get older, we have more and more responsibilities to take care of and less and less time to get them done. But if there’s one thing that 2016 has taught me it’s that:
LESSON #12: YOU WILL ALWAYS MAKE TIME FOR THE THINGS THAT ARE IMPORTANT TO YOU.
9 times out of 10 we use the “sorry too busy” or “I have other plans” as mere excuses to get out of things we don’t want to do. Because , at the end of the day, no matter how busy or hectic our schedules may be , we will always find time to do things we ACTUALLY want to be doing.
And I think that’s where the problem starts. It’s not a matter of not having enough time, it’s a matter of prioritization. As busy as may be , let’s face it, you probably spend a good chunk of your day checking your phone 24/7, stalking your ex on every social media possible, or refreshing Instagram every 2 seconds. Now don’t get me wrong : there’s nothing wrong with indulging in some “me” time. If being glued to your phone is something that you enjoy as a past time, then kudos to you ( even though, it probably isn’t the healthiest of choices, but you do you ).
But, every now and then , take some time to reflect on what’s truly important to you. Maybe it’s a friend you haven’t seen in a long time , or a family member who would really love your company. Don’t let the important things go to waste simply because you “don’t have time”. If there’s anything I’ve learned this year , and probably in the years to come, it’s that life is too short to make excuses. There may come a time when you truly don’t have anymore time to spend with a loved one. So , instead of waiting for that time to come and living a life full of regret and guilt, make time now while you still have it.
The next time a friend asks you to go watch a movie or a loved one asks you to come over for dinner, think twice before you reply with , ” sorry, I’m too busy”. Realize the things that are worth your time and you’ll be surprised how quickly your schedule will mysteriously clear up.