'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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It's Time To Thank Your First Roommate

Not the horror story kind of roommate, but the one that was truly awesome.
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Nostalgic feelings have recently caused me to reflect back on my freshman year of college. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. Throughout all of the madness, one factor remained constant: my roommate. It is time to thank her for everything. These are only a few of the many reasons to do so, and this goes for roommates everywhere.

You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

If you think about it, your roommate was there through all of your first college experiences. The first day of orientation, wishing you luck on the first days of classes, the first night out, etc. That is something that can never be changed. You will always look back and think, "I remember my first day of college with ____."

You were even each other's first real college friend.

You were even each other's first real college friend.

Months before move-in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.

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The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

It is no secret that transitioning from high school to college is difficult. No matter how excited you were to get away from home, reality hit at some point. Although some people are better at adjusting than others, at the times when you were not, your roommate was there to listen. You helped each other out, and made it through together.

Late night talks were never more real.

Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 a.m. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.

You saw each other at your absolute lowest.

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.

After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.

The "remember that one time, freshman year..." stories never end.

Looking back on freshman year together is one of my favorite times. There are so many stories you have made, which at the time seemed so small, that bring the biggest laughs today. You will always have those stories to share together.

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The unspoken rule that no matter how far apart you grow, you are always there for each other.

It is sad to look back and realize everything that has changed since your freshman year days. You started college with a clean slate, and all you really had was each other. Even though you went separate ways, there is an unspoken rule that you are still always there for each other.

Your old dorm room is now filled with two freshmen trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.


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I Turned My Notifications Off for Three Months, And It Did NOT Help My Mental Health

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I turned my notifications on my phone off for three months and here are my observations.

I thought that turning my notifications off for social media would help my mental health. Each time a notification popped up -and it wasn't the one I wanted -I grew more and more anxious (because I mean, really, when you are waiting for someone to answer you it SUCKS to see someone else's name to pop up on the screen).

I noticed that I wasn't checking my phone every single time a notification popped up or clearing it every three seconds. It forced me to be more present -BUT I did find that I was checking the apps more frequently to see if I had missed anything.

Turning notifications off meant that instant conversation wasn't happening anymore, and I found myself saying "if you really need anything from me, call my cell phone number". For some, the idea of having to call someone is daunting. For me, I prefer phone calls to texts. It's nice to hear someone's voice and a lot of the time its easier to explain with a phone call rather than a series of texts.

I've lost every single Snapchat streak I've ever had. Not that it really matters that much to me, but boy, did I upset some people.

Turning off my notifications brought some positive aspects to my life, as well as some more negative ones. Overall, I don't think turning my notifications off helped much with my mental health -but who said social media was healthy, anyway?

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