In a society where we value being busy, we have no time for respite. Being busy has become a sort of status symbol; if you’re busy you must be important, popular, or successful. Yet, you hear people complain about it all the time – “Oh! I’m just soooo busy,” they say. Have you ever stopped to ask yourself what is it you are actually busy doing? Work, school, this activity, that activity… We ultimately choose what to do with our time, and we spend it on what is important to us – which is often too much – or what seems important to us.
In this society we work to earn money to pay for things upon which we use to live. We worked harder, longer hours to make more money to spend more money. It’s in fact a never-ending, hyper-consumptive cycle. Don’t get me wrong I’ve been there, I’ve worked a job, been in university, had an internship, played on a sports team, and had a social life (admittedly a meager one) all at the same time.
But I’ve also found respite. I found it in travel. I found it in writing. I found it in simply breathing. I just want to leave you with a simple message...
Time does not equal money, and money isn’t happiness.
Have you heard this before? Of course you have, but I simply wanted to say it again, maybe push it a little further. When I look around I think to myself, what are we doing? We are wasting our time on such useless endeavors. We are busy for the sake of being busy and we therefore have busy minds – luckily there’s a pill for that (sarcasm). Sorry, I don’t have the answers. All I can say is GRRRRR... but today I will carve out some time to smell the Idaho pines and I’d encourage you to do the same.