We all know someone-perhaps a friend, a relative, or a parent-who always complains about how busy they are. When you invite them out to lunch, they might say, “let me consult my schedule first”. When you ask if they want to see a movie, they might respond, “Sure, but I’ll have to book it to a meeting a few minutes earlier”. These people just might fit under the umbrella ofÂ “the cult of busy.”Â They never have sufficient time.
When I first attacked this topic, I struggled to find my own stance, because in all honesty, I am sometimes guilty of this. In fact, as I write, I am thinking about how to finish this article faster so that I can return to studying for the exams I have next week, which, granted I pass, can be redeemed for college credit. I am sixteen-years-old and currently in Grade 11.
I’ve hardly ever questioned why not only me, but everyone around me, seems to get increasingly busier by the minute. Perhaps it’s because there’s a universal notion that the busier you are, the more important you are, or the more desirable you become. And the more important you are, the more you contribute to society. This is exactly the kind of dogma that the Cult of Busy feeds. At times, it is the direction in which society as a whole is trying to shove us, both youth and adults.
After reading a few articles online of other peoples’ opinions, I still have not found one positive take on the issue. But I’m not going to go down the cliched route and tell people that the motto, “Work hard, play hard” is the ideal. I believe that everyone should do whatever works for them, because the needs and wants of each individual are never the same.
With that said however, perhaps the side of the issue that is less brought to light is why 24 hours in a day can be insufficient for some. For youth especially, two viable possibilities are lack of prioritization and time management. We take on more than we can handle, causing us to lose sense of what’s important in our lives, and what should be placed first. Shouldn’t it be okay to just focus on the things we are passionate about, without having to be extremely well-rounded in everything just for the sake of it? As for time management, I’m sure everyone has heard of a word called “procrastination.” Although it might not ring true to everyone, it is nonetheless very prominent in this age.
However, I’m not writing to doubt, as there are cases where people feel that they lead a perfectly balanced lifestyle with the cult. I’m merely saying that perhaps being busy is just an illusion at times, and when we can get our priorities straight, 24 hours in a day is always enough. After all, 24 hours in a day is what everyone in the world goes by.