“The present hysteria is not a necessary or inevitable condition of life; it’s something we’ve chosen, if only by our acquiescence to it.”
This line was taken from a semi-recent New York Times option article titled, “The ‘Busy’ Trap.” It’s fascinating. It so accurately and acutely describes the current malfunction in society. How did we go so wrong? To believe that business=productivity=accomplishment=success=happiness is one of our greatest failings right now. We even try to use business as leverage. “I’m so busy I don’t have time to tell you how busy I am.” If you’re not walking around with your hair frazzled, one leg in a meeting, the other at a business lunch, and your torso at your desk, then YOU’RE NOT WORKING HARD ENOUGH, DERNIT.
“It’s not as if any of us wants to live like this, any more than any one person wants to be part of a traffic jam or stadium trampling or the hierarchy of cruelty in high school — it’s something we collectively force one another to do.”
It feels like my passion for this topic is coming out of nowhere. And maybe it is. But, I feel frustrated at my internship right now and nervous about the upcoming school year. I feel overwhelmed at trying to figure out the juggling of new responsibilities, and responsibilities I don’t even know about yet (i.e. finding a real job). Externally, I feel this pressure to be busy, yet I know this isn’t the right way to feel. It doesn’t feel good to feel behind. Finding the balance is necessary. And difficult.
“Busyness serves as a kind of existential reassurance, a hedge against emptiness; obviously your life cannot possibly be silly or trivial or meaningless if you are so busy, completely booked, in demand every hour of the day.”
Rather than me just pull meaningful quotes out of this article (trust me, there are many), pop over to NYT and read it for yourself. Have you fallen into the “busy” trap? Can you relate to staying busy to feel validated?