'Too Busy' Isn't Possible

'Too Busy' Isn't Possible

Let me convince you why it's actually a good thing to feel like you never have a free second.
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“What is life?”

That's something I catch myself saying all too often. My Odyssey bio gives only a shortened version of everything I have a hand in. Some days I feel like I'm drowning. Others, I just want to lay in bed, much to my mother’s dismay.

Long story short, I'm an extremely busy person, but who isn’t, in our generation? You probably don’t even know their names anymore. It’s time we start realizing that it's not a bad thing to be busy.

But why?

Think of the kids in high school that weren’t as involved as you were. What are they doing with their lives now? What did they do with all the time that they weren’t spending out on the field or volunteering?

Chances are, they were getting in trouble, spending whatever money they had, or just sitting at home, bored out of their minds, spending time in front of a television screen playing video games that gave them a false sense of reality.

This isn’t to say that you didn’t spend whatever money you had, or spend some time with your XBox controller, nor am I claiming that either is bad for you. However, if you were extremely busy, you most likely had a job, so you knew the value of that dollar you spent, and only used video games as a leisure activity, not a hobby.

OK, and..?

What I'm trying to get at is that those of us who are extremely busy should be busy enjoying it. But we aren’t. Hear me when I say that life could be so much more dull.

Sure, you have a paper due on Wednesday, and you have practice after class, followed by a four-hour shift at work, but are you enjoying every second of it? OK, I get it. Papers aren’t fun, but reaching goals is (and that midterm will bring you one paper closer to graduation).

So what is it about being busy that makes us upset? The stress? Or would you rather be able to waste your days lying around?

But lazy days are the best!

Well, OK, maybe every once in awhile. However, being productive is so much more fulfilling. It feels nice to earn a dollar, practice a sport you love, or study something you're passionate about.

If you're as really busy as you think, you also shouldn't really worry about any deadlines or due dates, because being busy means you're on top of your game.

Well, I guess that's true.

Of course it’s true! How many times have you lay in bed watching Netflix, and realized that you have a paper due that you completely forgot about? How many times have you kept laying in bed watching Netflix, but just with the stress of that same paper pulling at your mind? What about that time you worked your butt off to get all your assignments done by the weekend, so that you could have a night to lay in bed and watch Netflix? Didn’t that time feel much nicer than the times that you didn’t busy yourself with your work?

OK, I get it. Being busy is a good thing.

Good. Being busy ends up giving you less stressful days and helps you reach goals, while also keeping you safe and out of trouble.

So the next time you feel like complaining about being busy, smile, because things could be much worse.

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A Letter To My Go-To Aunt

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I know I don't say it enough, so let me start off by saying thank you.

You'll never understand how incredibly blessed I am to have you in my life. You'll also never understand how special you are to me and how much I love you.

I can't thank you enough for countless days and nights at your house venting, and never being too busy when I need you. Thank you for the shopping days and always helping me find the best deals on the cutest clothes. For all the appointments I didn't want to go to by myself. Thank you for making two prom days and a graduation party days I could never forget. Thank you for being overprotective when it comes to the men in my life.

Most importantly, thank you for being my support system throughout the numerous highs and lows my life has brought me. Thank you for being honest even when it isn't what I want to hear. Thank you for always keeping my feet on the ground and keeping me sane when I feel like freaking out. Thank you for always supporting whatever dream I choose to chase that day. Thank you for being a second mom. Thank you for bringing me into your family and treating me like one of your own, for making me feel special because you do not have an obligation to spend time with me.

You've been my hero and role model from the time you came into my life. You don't know how to say no when family comes to you for help. You're understanding, kind, fun, full of life and you have the biggest heart. However, you're honest and strong and sometimes a little intimidating. No matter what will always have a special place in my heart.

There is no possible way to ever thank you for every thing you have done for me and will continue to do for me. Thank you for being you.

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Age Doesn't Matter, You Should Still Play Minecraft

How my 10-year-old daughter has me playing her favorite game…

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Minecraft is an online game by a company called Mojang where players can build and interact with cube-based worlds to create and play however they wish to.

My daughter has become obsessed with Minecraft. So obsessed in fact that she has dragged me into it. I've got an account now and worlds and we play in creative so we can build stuff. It's all rather odd to me, but she loves being able to play together, so we do. Here are my reasons you should be playing Minecraft no matter your age.

1. You Can Create Interesting Worlds

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Apparently, there are tons of different types of worlds that can generate in Minecraft. You could play in the snow, a grassy plain, or even a huge forest of trees. The choices are endless.

2. You Can Build Tons Of Cool Stuff

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We've made a house, a zoo, and are working on a massive treehouse in the sky. The possibilities here are endless too.

3. There Is A Huge Following/Community

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So many people play and know Minecraft that if you get stuck on something like I did, you can always look it up and learn how to get that function to work exactly right when you need it to.

4. It Is A Great Way To Spend Time Together

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Families can spend a bit of time working on a Minecraft world together. You'll get a chance to talk to and connect with your kid and they get to play a favorite game. It's a win-win situation.

5. It Is Actually A Whole Lotta Fun

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This is pretty self-explanatory, but I have had a blast learning how to play Minecraft from my 10-year-old. She has just recently stopped calling me a noob (new player) every five minutes, but if I do something really silly in the game she still says that it was a noob moment.

Overall, if you've never played Minecraft, you should try it out just once to see all the great things this game can do.

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