Busy No More!
I feel like I heard somewhere that senior year was pretty easy and a blast and that was why it was so easy to get senior-itis before taking the next step in the journey of life or something like that. I'm here to tell you right here and right now that it's not true. This last month of college is easily one of the most hectic of my college career, but for all the best reasons. I'm currently in the midst of two (count 'em: TWO) capstone projects, an honors project, I just finished a show, I'm sewing a costume for a show coming up, I'm searching for a summer job, and I've slowly started packing up my belongings in Evansville, Indiana so that I can leave after graduation. I'm also currently in the midst of learning an Australian accent, theoretical makeup designing Peter Pan, and trying to find time to master the ukelele.
However, I'm doing pretty okay, dear reader, and I'll tell you why: I recently read an article about what I've termed the "busy" challenge, and I think it's applicable to this post. "Busy" is a word that's used all the time in college(and life in general), often in a sense of competition. I've legitimately seen conversations occur where people are just trying to one-up each other with how much free time they don't have. It's turned into the new "fine"; When people ask how you're doing, "I'm really busy right now" is a common answer. The article talked about how being busy isn't the same as being productive. It can actually be a sign that you don't really have great time management skills, and using the word in a conversation is distancing because you're not really connecting with the person you're talking to. It's just a go-to answer, almost always followed up by a "Me too." Maybe "busy" is just a reassurance that our lives have purpose if we have something going on. Other people need us, we're sought after, and it should feel great. But being "busy" feels awful. It's a muddy anxious feeling, and I'd so much rather be at a park or playing my ukelele.
The challenge described is to take the word "busy" out of your vocabulary. You have to find other ways to communicate with people, and you are forced to describe whatever events in your life are going on at the time with clarity. You're not guilting others with your "busy-ness", and you stop justifying your poor choices and actions that you took because you were "busy". You look at what you've got on your plate, and if there's too much, you acknowledge it and are honest with yourself.
This little challenge is definitely something that I'm trying right now. By some people's definitions, I'm the "b-word"(No, not that one...), but I'm actually enjoying each and every project that I'm taking on, and I feel it's a testament to my education and training here that I can handle it all. Having to juggle lots of things at once forces you to stay present, not take things for granted, and to really let your instincts kick in. I think that's definitely important as I close out my time here at UE. It's not even necessarily about how much I have on my plate but rather my mindset as I choose to be involved in everything. I'm all too happy and excited to be in the midst of so much collaboration and creativity right now, and I'll definitely be carrying this mentality on to grad school(where I'll certainly need it!).
Interested in removing "busy" from your vocabulary? Here's the article I was talking about!