Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Keeping Busy & Being Happy

It's so unbelievably good to be back in sunny California. I've been in desperate need of a change of scenery and some down time to just write all day and night. Originally, this article was going to document my first day back home, but somehow it took a turn and transformed into a piece about keeping busy and being happy. I guess I've been annoyed at myself for doing a poor job at blogging this semester. It's been so hectic this semester and I'm juggling quite a few things: school, work, chorus, Her Campus, voice lessons, Kappa, and on top of that, I've been working on a short story all semester (which to be honest, is where I've been focusing all my creative energy). And really, this is not a situation that is unique to me. Many of us these days are busy, multitasking, rushing from home to work to school, then doing it all over again the next day. For students living in the city, keeping busy is just the typical lifestyle of a college student. 

Keeping busy has been physically and mentally exhausting. I'm always tired during the week and honestly, I'd rather nap than find the motivation to post on MM. Sometimes, I feel like life is never going to slow down; I'll be on the same track forever, running to make meetings, running to meet deadlines and running to make ends meet. But as I sit in this Peet's Coffee on a sunny, California day, relaxing and thinking back on all that I've accomplished these past few months, I've come to realize that keeping busy has also been overwhelmingly, wonderfully satisfying. 

Sometimes, I seek out the adrenaline rush from running around the city, constantly on a mission to check off yet another task on my daily planner. I often anticipate going to work, where I'm surrounded by books and creative individuals who are passionate about reading and writing. I'm actually enjoying the multitude of literature classes I'm taking this semester: Fiction Writing, Writing About Music, East Asian Literature and Medieval Literature. Although chorus and voice lessons are extra classes for little credit, making music brings me joy and relaxation after a long day of learning and commuting. Perhaps I've been too busy to think about it, but I'm actually happy with where I am in life. Although this is the most work I've ever juggled in a semester, I'm doing what I love. I wake up every morning at 7:30am and get home around 9:30 or 10pm at night, but by the end of the week, I collapse on my bed truly feeling like superwoman. 

(Photos taken in Walnut Creek, CA)

Life can be overwhelming. You might feel as if school and/or work is slowly draining all your energy and maybe even your sanity. You can't seem to find time for yourself, let alone keep up your social life and keep up with current events. But this is all part of growing up, finding out what makes you happy and figuring out what you want to do. At 20 years old, you should be taking risks, trying out different things and seeking opportunities... You might be busy, but you'll be discovering what life has to offer.