A Key Concept That Keeps Us From Fully Living
Have you been so busy, that stopping to think about it just wears you down?
Recently, I’ve been contemplating just how busy life is for my family. My husband and I both work full time and have three school age children. All three of them are in extra curricular activities spread out through the week. We also have only one vehicle, which adds to the chaos.
Life has become a never-ending cycle of planning, preparing, and enforcing back-up plans. On top of our duties and routines, we also need to fit in family time, our quality time, and individual hobbies. With such hectic schedules, blocking out time to fill our own cups is where things often start to go wrong for people. Lack of self care and making time to be a priority is a leading cause of burnout.
Because time rules our way of life, so much is wasted trying to keep up with it..
While digesting the busy schedules and lack of availability to fit everything in, I came to realize that kids have it just as bad as parents. The burnout starts in grade school – no wonder we are so tired as adults. They go to school all day, participate in whatever activities they have, homework, dinner, shower, then to bed at a reasonable hour. Unfortunately, these are all things that help them grow into motivated and respectable human beings. Life becomes a constant race against the clock, yet we are constantly running in circles like a caged mouse. Racing against time essentially gets us back to where we started.
Time is but a concept, but humans let it dictate how life is lived. Why do we let something run our lives that does nothing but cause us stress? We are forever trying to get ahead of it through planning, but things don’t always go as planned.
There’s the worry about the hours, the days, the weeks. We look forward to vacations that need to be planned because of schedule constraints. Living in the moment turns into worrying what needs to be done after the fact, because of limited time.
Because minutes, hours, and days rule our way of life, so much is wasted trying to keep up with it- and we can never get back or make up time. We lose it waiting for plans to come and go, so much so that we lose out on the moments we have right now. We are slaves to this very concept. The stress and anxiety induced by running against the clock does nothing but reduce our life time.
Can you imagine what life would be like if we had no clocks and no schedules? It seems pretty difficult to do so, because time is all we’ve ever known. It would be the same, if we lived life without the constraints and had to imagine life with it. I say, if there were a way to acclimate life to truly living freely, I could do without it.
What are your thoughts? Would you prefer a life with a clock?