Busy. It’s the shortest, easiest, most universal excuse to get out of anything.
People ask you to sign a petition on the street, but you are too busy right now. People ask how you are doing, but you are too busy to answer so you just say, fine. We are too busy to hold the elevator, too busy to eat dinner at the table, too busy to talk on the phone, and even too busy to type out full word text messages.
We are busy at home juggling work, the kids and life (whatever that means). We are busy on our phones answering emails during bedtime reading or while cooking dinner. Never while driving, except on the red lights. We are all just busy people running around all day until we crash for the night to get ready to start being busy all over again.
Why? I use to proclaim myself as busy mommy (bizziemommy.com) was my website. I was juggling parenting, a job, a blog, an online store, and building a photography portfolio all at the same time. I was legitimately busy all the time. And I loved every bit of it. In fact, it got to the point that I hated not being busy. Not being busy gave you time to realize how frustrated you were with life or work. Being busy keeps you from resolving issues. Being busy prevents you from living.
Several years ago I changed the name of my blog to Bizzie Living, the premise was to help people find a way to get through the daily grind so they have more time to live the life they want to live. But it was a challenge to keep up with. I certainly wasn’t practicing what I was preaching. I was still too busy with work to keep up with the blog.
Fast forward a few years and things have changed. My desire to be less busy has surpassed my ability to bury it. My kids are getting older and require less parental care but as every day passes find myself just wanting to be available for them more. But I’m still busy.
Last year I went on a cruise vacation to the Bahamas and aside from the amazing scenery you know what I enjoyed the most. Not being “on” all the time. My phone didn’t work on the boat and I couldn’t check my work email. I had to unplug and it was so lovely. I recently read an article that talked about a Boring Conference, yes that is what it’s really called. And yes it is all about mundane things. I also stumbled on this video below that was produced by Jet Blue Airlines. It was this video that sparked this entire blog post.
One of my goals for the New Year is to take one day out of the month to unplug. Unplug from the TV, the computer, and even the phone (with the exception of Google maps, because I don’t know how to get anywhere without it). That day will be devoted to doing whatever I want, whenever I want. As humans, we need to channel our busyness and start living. We need to work to live and live to work.