What’s the definition of busy? As an adjective it’s having a great deal to do. So I suppose you could say I was busy this weekend…
I mean a quick rowing race (where we sat on the water for 3 hours before we even raced:)) then quickly off home, only to hack to a friends for a jumping lesson. Then I jumped two ponies round the same class the next day, turned them out, picked up the next and went home to homework. Not busy in the slightest!
But it’s weird, because that doesn’t sound that much to do now, but it seemed like it! Even weirder though, is how what I would call busy is a walk in the park for some people, and vice versa.
I have a friend, who rows and then plays netball or just plays netball almost every single day. And I can’t help wondering what it was like, back in the days before technology when life was so much simpler, and being busy meant something else.
Because we have all these amazing technologies designed to make our lives that much easier, to make things quicker, but we seem to end up doing more instead!
“Our grandchildren”, reckoned John Maynard Keynes in 1930, would work around “three hours a day”—and probably only by choice”
This is from an article in The Economist that talks about us having more leisure time, but not seeing it that way. Which prompted me to think about the quote:
“If you want something done, ask a busy person. The more things you do, the more you can do” – Lucille Ball
And I think that just sums up society now. There is an even bigger gap between the hard workers and the scroungers these days. Maybe this is why. Because we’ve adopted this attitude, along with the ‘If you want something done, do it yourself’. Maybe we need a system to give the busy a rest, to make their leisure time count.
But in reality, we’ll just fill it with something else to do. That’s exactly what I’ve done.
I reckon I have a week before I’m busy again, I wonder what that’ll be filled with…