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Sometimes, I find myself complaining that there aren’t enough hours in the day. I feel like it’s nearly impossible for me to go to school, eat healthy, have a social life, exercise, work, do my homework, and get a good night’s sleep in the 24 hours that each day provides.
Let’s take this week for example. I had a research proposal due, a presentation in another class, a bunch of reading, an alumni event, two shifts at the TV studio, and I was asked to give the Alumni Remarks to a few hundred people at the Dean’s Reception at Family and Friends Weekend tomorrow. On Monday, I wasn’t sure how I was going to make it through the week. But, somehow, I figured it out – like we all do. Every day we wake up, we prioritize the things we need to accomplish, and we move forward.
Recently, a lot of people have been telling me how much they want to start their own blog. How they tune in every week to see what's on my mind, and how they have even come up with ideas for blogs of their own. A lot of you have reached out to me, or mentioned in passing, or sarcastically told me that you wish you could blog - but you just don't have the time. Between working, commuting, getting your lives off the ground, Netflix and chilling, or whatever your priorities are - your life is just too crazy right now to start a blog.
I have been thinking about this a lot. Like, probably way more than I should. This whole concept of “having the time.” HOT TAKE: honestly, I think it’s the politically correct way of finding a way to get out of something. (“I don’t have time to go to the gym. I don’t have time to run an errand for you. I don’t have time to cook something healthy for dinner.”) But if we don’t have time now – when will we?
If you've ever gone to grad school (or follow me on social media – sorry, I know I complain a lot), you know how much work goes into getting a Master’s degree. Between (roughly) 200+ pages of reading every week + working + commuting - I really don't have time to sit down every week and waste time blogging. In fact, there are a million and one other things I should be doing right know instead of writing this.
But I make the time. One day a week, for only a few hours, I set aside time for me to just focus on me and my own thoughts. And then, every Friday, I put all those thoughts together – and that’s how you get your weekly dose of my insanity every Friday.
You're probably noticing that this post comes at you waaaaay later than my Friday posts normally do (or maybe you didn't notice, or didn't care, but let's let bygones be bygones). I wrote this post on a train, rushing back to Boston to get home with enough time to get to work. But after the week I had, I NEEDED a night off with my friends, screaming our heads off at the Providence Piano Bar and eating pizza and laughing. I needed to call in late for work so I could grab PVDonuts with my best friend on a Friday morning. I needed to make the time for the people who matter the most to me. And making time for myself and writing this blog is no different.
At 22, if we can’t make the time for ourselves – when will we?
At some point in the next week, think about this: you have 24 hours every day to spend doing whatever you want. I hope, after reading this, you’ll spend at least part of that time doing something for you and doing something that makes you happy; whether it’s blogging, going to the gym, taking a longer shower, or going the long way home with the sun roof open.
So, moral of the story. If you have an idea for a blog, or a podcast, or YouTube channel, but don't "have the time" - make the time. You'll be happy you did.