Contrary to popular opinion…you can not do it all. You just can’t. Time is finite, meaning we quite literally do not have time to do it all. That’s not to say you should always be throwing your hands up in the air + giving up on life. Oh, nooooo! Time, or the lack thereof, should not be your go-to excuse for skipping out on commitments or opting not to participate in something. It’s a factor, yes, but it just can’t be your primary excuse on the regular.
Because, really, it’s not time that is the problem. It’s the conflict of schedules. We have not yet figured out how to be in two places at the same time. Or at least the scientist or basement nerd who has figured this out hasn’t told me about it. Because of this, we’re limited in what we can do.
This doesn’t need to be a bad thing.
Don’t let it be a bad thing!
Rather than stressing over what you cannot do or choose not to do, focus on what you are doing. The mere fact that time is finite gives us so much power over the value of our time. Since we can only do so many things with the time we have…what we do needs to be important to us in some capacity. Ideally on multiple levels. When you’re weighing your options you’re also determining what’s most important to you. This is an awesome power to have!
Or at least that’s what I’m telling myself as I’m struggling to decide how to make all of my wants fit into my life right now. Well, maybe it’s more about fitting my ‘should do’ things in with my ‘really want to do’ list. Turns out the traditional real-life responsibilities rarely line up with the nomadic whimsy I’ve come to love.
In the coming months, I need to make some life choices. They won’t really change my life in the moment, but they’ll have a pretty major effect on the future trajectory of my life. I’m currently in a bit of a pickle. I’m trying to figure out how to fit medic/nursing pre-requisite courses + a few months of international travel into my summer…all while still having a consistent enough ‘home life’ that I can grow a thriving garden + eventually master the art of high altitude sourdough bread.
So far, I’m not doing that great at fitting it all in. It’s not that I don’t have enough time, I’ll be back down to part-time work or less come summer. Nope, time is not the issue. It’s the scheduling that’s kicking me in the shorts.
I can’t be at the college campus learning about human anatomy + nomadically roaming around Europe + planting seedlings in Colorado garden at the same time. It’s just not possible — unless that basement nerd wants to share the two-places-one-time discovery with me. This means I have to decide what’s more important to me.
Actually, I *get* to decide what’s more important to me.
This ‘choosing what’s more important’ bit isn’t just for the big things — it’s for chilly morning runs + downtime in your favorite cafe + hikes with friends + nights on the couch. It’s an everyday thing, we just don’t always notice it.
Since I can’t do it all, I have the awesome responsibility of deciding what is more important to me…right now. It’s tempting to stare off into the unknown future + think ‘well, it may be important eventually’, but that’s a dangerous path to take. Instead of wondering what might eventually become important to you, choose what’s important to you right here, right now.
For me, what’s valuable to me right now is a mix of the eye-opening experiences of international travel + the content happiness of life in Colorado with Robb. Eventually, those college pre-requisites may become important, but I’ll cross that bridge when I get there. Until then, my happiness energy is going into combine nomadic exploration with creative homesteading.