Being busy the current status symbol
Is being busy all the time the current status symbol in the U.S.? It seems like everybody is busy, busy, busy, but it seems like everyone should have a lot more free time on their hands than they did years ago. Things that once took a lot of time now is a push-button and done due to technology.
I realize being busy didn’t just happen in the last few years, but it does seem like I notice it more even compared to my childhood. I remember a time when it seemed like being able to have stuff in addition to leisure time was a sign of success. I can remember when weekends were a more laid back time than the week when people got to relax and revive from their week of work. Evenings weren’t so hustle-bustle either. These days, it seems everybody is always busy doing something. If you ask someone, “How was your weekend?” It is usually answered with, “It was busy.” If they have a space of time where their plate seems calm, instead of feeling relief, they feel anxious as if they don’t know what to do with themselves.
I’m not just talking about job-related busyness, but it seems like people have to fill every moment with an activity. People are always on-the go. A woman told me a few years ago that she was so busy, the way she got her Christmas tree up was to hang a few ornaments on it every morning before work. It took her several days to get a finished tree. Personally, one of the joys in life for me is putting up a Christmas tree. If I was that busy, I’d certainly take a look at my life.
It seems that people who are making a comfortable living but aren’t constantly busy are a strange animal to most people. They want to know how they do it even though they probably wouldn't change if they told them. They act as if it’s almost impossible to not be constantly busy in this day and age. It’s as if one would have to write a book on not being busy with a lot of complicated steps in order to explain it. Personally, the things I enjoy most in life once a comfortable life has been met is peace, low stress, not being on the go all the time, and spending enjoyable time with family.
So, is “being busy” the current status symbol? Do most people here participate in the busy life?
There is nothing more sad or glorious than generations changing hands- John Mellencamp