Do you ever feel so busy that you barely have time to think? This has pretty much been me the past couple of months! I honestly have written this blog on the go or in a rush the past couple of weeks (thank goodness for the Squarespace blogging app). I suppose being busy is a good thing if you’re trying to make it in the world. But I’ve hardly had much time to do my favorite thing ever... ponder for hours about philosophical life questions! Alas, I can pretty much turn anything into a philisophical life question, so in typing about my busy-ness (not to be confused with ‘business’, but are they spelled the same?), it sparked a thought of how we ultimately choose what things we do and in what order. And most of all, why?
So as you might recall, in the past couple of months, I’ve been traveling to see my family every 5 seconds (in Seattle, LA, and Detroit), had my first storytelling speaking event, AND my very first pop up holiday shop. Among other things (such as family and friends being in town, social events, and Christmas/birthday parties), I’ve barely had any time to myself. After each thing that I plan to do, I keep thinking I’ll have a day in between to maybe take a nap or something, but there’s always something else to do! Technically (and theoretically) speaking, I don’t really HAVE to do any of this stuff. If I really wanted to, Ofcourse I could say screw it to everything I’m invited to and be a career couch potato. It’s all a choice!
At times, there was also the problem of double (or even triple every once in a while) booking. In these circumstances, I’d be super stressed about trying to fit everything in that I committed to doing in a very short time span. In this regard, I didn’t give my full attention to any one thing in particular. Not to mention always being stressed about the illusion of time. I remember one time on the day when I was flying home from Detroit, I was asked to work the door for a party in Manhattan. I agreed. However, my flight returning to NYC was delayed quite a bit, then on top of that it took me a billion years to get home because of traffic. I probably took 2 and a half breaths before I had to leave right back out the door and stand in heels all night. Needless to say, it was a long day!
Perhaps this is what life is all about. Squeezing in as much as we can in the time allotted. It weirdly makes me appreciate the life of a 9-5er! They work a lot, sure, but they have designated days to “rest” if you will. Being a creative, there aren’t really off days. I just have to be ready at all times for anything, and constantly on the alert of sudden bursts of inspiration. Eh, this is the life I chose!
All in all, the reality of it is that there isn’t enough time for anyone to do everything. This is where prioritization comes in. When faced with a decision between two things, naturally we will try to accommodate both, but if impossible, we choose what’s most important. Sure, being busy is a good thing, atleast I think, but taking care of yourself is a great thing that is often overlooked as an overindulgent luxury, when in actuality, it’s a necessity! Time management is definitely on my list of things to work on though. I’m sure there is a science to it all! Perhaps I will schedule learning about it somewhere in between my Chinese/ Russian lessons, guitar practice, business developing, videography, karaoke sessions and Netflix binging...
P.s. Another thing I want to TRY and work on is being on time to things. I use to be pretty good at it, but idk what he heck happened! I’ll just blame MTA for now.
P.p.s. I’ve also tried to somehow make more time for friends and family. I think I’ve done a fairly good job at that. I even somehow managed to see two of my very good friends on my last Michigan visit, who I hadn’t seen in YEARS! It a much needed connection that I’m really glad I made time for.
P.p.p.s. You ever been so busy and had so many things to do that you just do none of it?