Don't take this the wrong way, but I just don't really care about how busy you are.
This might sound a bit harsh. Ok, it sounds really harsh. But don't misread me here. It's not that I don't care about you, it's just that how busy you are in your daily life doesn't really interest me. Because you see, everyone is busy; either busy changing the world, or busy doing a whole lotta nothing. To me, at the end of the day the idea of busyness is boring and supremely over glorified.
When opening a conversation with someone, I have realised a trend in the way I have been responding to people. After the polite and obligatory "Hi's" and "How-are-you's", the penultimate question comes crashing in..."So what have you been up to?". And then here is the strangest part. My common reply entails suggesting that I haven't actually been doing anything exciting, however coupled with that is a response that states that I have been REALLY busy.
Why as a society are we so enthralled with the hectic pace of life? Where the option seems to be: either jump on the treadmill and survive the breakneck speed of the rat race, or you're a lazy nobody. Why do we limit the depth of our conversations to merely the speed at which our days pass? Does that really define us? Is that truly all we were made to be. Busy?
However, before you render me truly heartless, let me finish by saying this.
Please tell me what you are busy doing. That, I care about!
Give me an insight into the interesting and not-so-interesting things that you are doing with your days. That is worth sharing.
Sally is a lively 23 year old who has recently finished studies at QUT and ACU and is now leading Marist Youth Ministry across Queensland and Northern New South Wales. She has travelled widely and is passionate about social justice, having volunteered in countries such as India, the Philippines and East Timor. As a qualified high school teacher, she is passionate about investing in the needs of young people and loves any opportunity to engage with youth and young adults.