Find yourself leaving the house at 6am and not getting home until almost midnight? Working a 9-5 and a 5-9? Using the weekend to further your side gig? Somehow fitting in time to spend with friends, family and loved ones?
This is not a life atypical from that of your average, motivated creative entrepreneur in a city such as Washington, DC.
“Why are people in DC so busy?” someone asked me. My answer, “I don’t know, I never really thought about it.”
Perhaps, I was too busy being… busy.
Yes, always having something on the calendar can lead to physical, mental and emotional exhaustion, however, it’s ultimately exhilarating to have something to look forward to every second of every day; especially when these are things moving you forward to achieving goals in life or activities that contribute to your overall happiness.
One should not have to apologize for being busy. Instead, staying busy is the perfect mechanism to fight off individuals and things that will slow you down from living the life that you desire.
If I could create a cheesy acronym for “Busy,” it would be “Boldly Undertaking Serious Years.”
Boldness is not a trait shared by everyone. Often times, we allow others to create limitations for us, based on their views of what we are capable of achieving. What’s worse is we begin to create obstacles for ourselves based on personal insecurities and uncertainties. The boldness to look beyond negativity and to be steadfastly persistent in achieving your goals is a vital key to staying busy.
For more insight on overcoming your own insecurities, read: Get Over Yourself!
To undertake a challenge is a lofty circumstance in life. Being “under” something already has negative connotations, i.e. under water, drowning or under a boulder, being crushed to death… just saying.
The bigger our dreams, the more weight is put on us, causing the pressure of life to hold us down. In order to stay busy, we must recognize that the undertaking is worth the reward. Swimming above current will take long strokes and deep breaths but landing on shore will save our lives.
We’ve heard in grade school that in life, there is a time to joke and a time to be serious. Evaluating your future success is by far one of the most serious times of reflection. In order to stay busy, the seriousness of our dreams must be stamped on our foreheads, written on paper and dangling in our immediate foresight at all times.
Years are a measure of time that most of us do not look forward to. In this microwave generation, we want all our meals through the fast-food line and all of our money retrieved at the ATM. The wealthiest investments can’t be handed out at a drive-thru window. In order to stay busy, we must remember that anything worth having takes time.
The next time someone gets on you for always being busy, tell them you’re boldly undertaking serious years, and they should, too.