Back to Normal is Too Busy

September 27, 2022

I have been a busy person since I started working. I have fleeting memories of perpetual boredom in my childhood, but since I started working as a volunteer at 15, I have none.

A few years ago I started teaching virtually and was able to eliminate some tasks, only to fill my time with things that I hadn’t been able to do.

During the early parts of the Covid-19 Pandemic, we finally got to slow down. People were home and easy to reach, so work lightened and family time extended. Life slowed down. There weren’t as many places to have to be or things to do.

As everything has gradually reopened and, this school year, everyone aimed for a fully opened return to “normal”, though, I have realized I am not a fan.

Six months ago, our family sold our home and downsized to living in an RV. No more homestead, pool, large house, multiple vehicles…life should have gotten a lot simpler. But it hasn’t.

Instead, life seems to be moving faster and requiring more. It is as though everyone around us is over-committing in an effort to play catch up, which has spread out our day and makes our work tasks start earlier and end later each day.

I find myself more exhausted and with less time to spend with my family, especially since I have worked in daily walks and reading time into my day for personal fulfillment. And that is with less than 200 square feet of living space and way fewer responsibilities.

It is very difficult to draw a line and not give in to the outrageous demands of the world around us, but I am realizing the importance of it.

If you are like me, let’s commit to ourselves–both present and future–to slow down, live more intentionally and set realistic boundaries. The world will continue on without us if we were to pass on, so I am sure it will if we slow down a bit, an maybe we will inspire others to do the same.

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