The world today is a very busy place, we are all busy.
We say it all the time, “I am so busy”
It is understandable, with work, family, school, running our kids to their various sports practices and play rehearsals, and everything else we have to do.
I am sure every single generation before us has felt the same way.
But, why is it that we are so busy these days?
I mean we are living in the age of computer technology, everything from our youth tells us life is supposed to be easier with computers, they are supposed to make things faster so we have more time for ourselves.
Lets take banking for example.
I come from a time when you would walk into a bank and deposit or withdraw your money in your savings account, and they would calculate on an adding machine your balance, and they smiled and said thank you.
The whole process took about a minute once you got to the teller’s window, and every window had someone working in it so your time in line was less than three minutes usually. Unlike today, where you have six windows and only one is open no matter how many people are in line.
I also come from a time where cashiers in stores would have to input the price of your items by hand, and someone bagged your groceries, again it ALWAYS ended with a smile and a thank you.
These days our items are scanned, sometimes it takes five or six tries and then has to be input by hand anyways, and we have to bag our own groceries, and SOMETIMES we get a smile and a thank you.
Hell, sometimes we even scan and bag our own items, and do not get a discount for doing so.
Ok, Ok I am done bitching about that, back to the point of this post.
My point is, we are always going to be busy to some extent.
We have to work to survive and that takes up at least eight hours of our day.
For those of us who have children, we have to get them to where they need to go, because they have busy lives too.
However a lot of our busy time is self-imposed, you know it is, look at how much time we spend on facebook and the like, and then wonder where the night went.
If we can impose busyness (yes that is a word, I was shocked too) we can also impose downtime for ourselves, and we should.
Some of us take vacations every year.
While that does help, I think the anticipation up to it far exceeds the fleeting fun of that week.
We need to make time for ourselves on a daily basis, do the little things that matter to us and make life more enjoyable.
What ever it is you do to unwind and revitalize yourself, I would love to hear about it below.