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Pros and Cons of The Busy Life: My Experience Thus Far



Before COVID, busy defined me. When I lived on the Sunshine Coast, I owned and managed a freelance gardening business (I also cleaned a couple of B&Bs on the side), so when I wasn’t working for my regular clients and reaching out to prospective clients, I was out and about with friends. My hustle bustle lifestyle followed me up north to the hamlet of Eaglesham in early 2020 where I kicked off my second career as a fitness instructor. I was so immersed in learning new Zumba moves and coming up with different exercises to keep my HIIT class varied and fun, I didn’t make much time for anything else other than church on Sundays.


Then COVID became a world-wide problem and I was forced to shut down my classes and with it, my busy life. What was supposed to be only two weeks of lock-down to flatten the curve turned into 20 months of struggle and hardship. Through it all, I learnt the value of rest and even though it wasn’t easy, I began to enjoy a slower-paced lifestyle.


Recently, I was hired back at my seasonal job at Rip’s Cleats (a local company based in Dawson Creek). I also attend fitness classes a couple of times per week and have joined a hiking group. So, I’ve returned to my former busy lifestyle. Although I am enjoying it, I am much more mindful of how busy I want to be. Now that I do have some down time, I am going to weigh the pros and cons of the busy lifestyle.


Pros


- I love my job, the fitness classes I attend, the hiking group I joined, and the church I attend. All of these things are making my life so much more interesting and fulfilling.


- I have met lovely people and am starting to make new friends which is important, especially since I am still new to Dawson Creek and also single.


- I feel more important, wanted, and valued when I am busy.


Cons


- Exhaustion overwhelms me at times, especially when there is always something that needs to be done and there never seems to be enough time to do it.


- Time spent with friends and family is limited.


- Time spent working on my blogs and on that novel I really want to get back to writing is even more limited.


I am the type of person who wants friends and I want to spend time with them. I also want more time for my writing. The question I perpetually ask myself is this: How can I live a life that is more balanced? I honestly haven’t yet found an answer to that question as I am still in the process of figuring it all out.


As terrible as these times have been, the one thing COVID has taught me is this: The value of time. There is a time to be busy and a time to rest; a time for work and for exercise; time to spend on outings with friends; time for worship, and time for myself.

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