A friend on Facebook just posted a link to a NY Times piece about how “busy” we all are. And how compelled we are to answer, “you know, busy” when someone asks how we are.
Not an original observation, but the fact that I saw it on Facebook felt so fitting, and made me think about what I really mean when I say “I’m so busy.”
Next time someone asks what’s I’m up to, what’s new, how I’m doing…instead of shrugging, making Robert DeNiro face and saying, “I dunno, you know, just super busy” I’m going to say this:
“Oh, me? Lots going on – been making tragically poor use of my time; taking 6 hours to do 3 billable hours of work because I feel compelled to seek attention and approval every few minutes on Facebook; making plans with friends and then postponing them because we’re too busy, but really because it’s raining; thinking about work when I’m not working which makes it feel like I’m still working; keeping my scalding-hot computer in my lap while I relax with a Bravo show I DVR’ed and then restarting the episode 6 times because I keep looking up at the exact same mid-point moment and realizing I missed everything they said while I was responding to Facebook comments; mindlessly eating egg salad from the container while trying to think of a funny line for an assignment I’m stuck on; trying to come up with something to blog about that I didn’t already waste in a Facebook post; searching online for a pair of discontinued Nikes, because mine are getting really dirty; peeing a lot; lotta stuff…”
And then of course, I’ll add,
“You know, busy.”
What’s it really mean when you say “been busy”?
TELL ME IN THE COMMENTS.