Why did you Google the word busy?
I frequently find myself describing my life as busy, often almost in competition with others. Recently there has been a lot of noise about how being busy isn’t impressive anymore, so people should learn to slow down.
But who’s to say what busy is? Based on the definition above it is a fairly subjective measurement.
Every time I talk to my mom, and some girlfriends, I get the fated “hope you can slow down and relax some this weekend”. Last week, my mom finally admitted “I’d say I hope things slowdown for you, but I know you’re happiest when you’re busy.” She’s right.
For as long as I can remember, I’m only really happy when I’ve got a ton of stuff going on. As a kid, I went from school, to Girl Scouts or practice, to dance classes, home to do homework and then to bed. As I got older the specific things changed, but the concept was the same. Over-scheduled, focused on my goals, and enjoying every second.
I didn’t realize how much of that had carried into adulthood until I found myself bored with my life and realized it was because I wasn’t busy enough. Granted, I take it too far sometimes, which is when my social media/blog life goes dark for days or a week, but overall, I’d always rather have too much on my to-do list.
Recently, though, I’ve realized that it’s as important to be busy relaxing, as it is to be just busy. My best weekends are those filled with classes at Unite, runs along the river, maybe a happy hour or something fun like Be Well Philly @ The Philadelphia Flower Show in a couple of weeks, but are also filled with Sunday meal prep, and catching up with my favorite blogs.
I’ve got lots of fun mini-racecations set for the year, but I’ve decided I need a short getaway soon. One that does allow me to disconnect a bit, and have an overly filled schedule focused on relaxing, working out and being pampered. So I’m thinking I need a quick spa getaway.
I’m not busy for you, I’m busy for me.
And did you hear? Health Your Way magazine published one of my recipes! Go check it out and make it this weekend 🙂
Do you like to be busy?
Do you agree that people should stop trying to be busy?
How do you like to unwind, even if it’s scheduled?