I did a workshop a few months ago, and the topic was “I’m Always Busy” and basically talked about how whenever you ask someone how they’ve been, the response is “busy”. But who is making them busy? They are. We are. We, parents, have busy lives, to begin with, then you add to school, activities, play dates, sports, etc. and there goes your entire life. Okay, maybe that’s a little dramatic but you know what I mean.
I love being busy; I actually thrive off of it. I wouldn't know what to do with myself if I went home from a 9-5pm job every day; going home to relax, just isn't me. I've worked two (sometimes even three) jobs to keep me busy for as long as I can remember. I'm always signing up to be more involved, whether it's boards, committees or volunteering.
Example: A few weeks ago, I signed London up for baseball this spring; she has never played or really shown an interest, but it was her dad’s idea. So I found myself volunteering for a Division Director position, as well as the Opening Day volunteer. Almost immediately after doing so, I stopped and asked myself why it’s not possible for me to just do the minimum. I mean, that's what a lot of people do, isn't it? Why do I always need to sit on boards, and volunteer for everything?
I sometimes feel like I am overcompensating, and I constantly feel like I need to prove to myself that I can do everything.