When I was preparing my college applications my senior year of high school, I prided myself on my extra-curriculars. They had given us a sheet to fill out with four areas- one for each year of high school. I made a world record for smallest handwriting in order to fit all of my groups, sports, and other involvements on the sheet. I did everything.
I played tennis and swam.
I was in every music group that existed.
I was in the Foreign Language Alliance.
I did yearbook one year.
I was the President of the Wind Ensemble.
I was very very busy.
And I realized the other day when I was going from one activity to another, that even as an adult, I have a lot of "extra-curricular" activities. But why? Sure, most of them bring me joy more often than not, but they also leave me really tired. And while doing one activity, I have less time to do other things.
I haven't been out to take photographs in months.
I've only gotten 10 pages into the book I got a week ago.
British Vogue is staring at me every time I go home.
I did laundry two weeks ago and still haven't hung up my clothes.
My poor Netflix DVDs take at least a week to get to.
But you know what? I'd rather be busy than boring. Some days all I want to do is sit there and watch TV, but then I think about not playing in an orchestra or being involved with a theatre company and I realize I would really miss them. I guess it's all about give and take. Participating in "life" and all that jazz. To be an interesting person requires activity. I must be very interesting;)
+Title from Green Day