Years ago, when Ferris Bueller said “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it,” I knew I’d fully understand the meaning of that eventually.
My life has always been non-stop. It’s just the way it is. I used to resent how fast it moved in ways I wasn’t ready but I’ve come to terms with it.
In the last 5 years, I’ve really started to own my life.
It wasn’t until this past year, especially the last few months, that I understood the true meaning behind Bueller’s words. I’ve always juggled way too many balls at once but I’ve always felt like I was running in place. As if life was moving forward all around me and I was just stuck on a treadmill and there was no way to get off without letting the balls fall.
Well, they fell. So did I. Violently.
Then I had to learn to start moving forward and I was no longer running in place.
In the past few weeks, I’ve said “I don’t even recognize my life” on more than one occasion.
In the best way possible.
There are moments when the changes are bad, but in the direction of a good ending.
One of the things I learned about myself this past year is that I cannot function without lists. I’ve always been the type to write everything down but never a to-do list. I’ve always kept a mental list of things I need to do, while juggling everything all at once.
This may be life’s way of getting me to slow down a bit but I can no longer fully function without making physical notes of things I need to get done.
A ‘completed’ list full of check-marks is my favorite.
So I’m learning to organize.
- I make grocery-lists.
- My calendar is getting more and more organized. (Hell, the fact that I’m keeping a calendar alone is evolution.)
- Even though everything is online, I make lists of my school work every week.
- I am now writing blogs ahead of time & starting to keep a blog schedule.
- I’m planning out my meals and printing out recipes.
- I budget.
- I clip coupons and write down which one expires when in a notebook to keep track.
I may be becoming a little OCD but I can’t let my ADD take over my life. Last time I did, everything came crashing down.
I’m even penciling in ‘relaxation’ to my calendar because sometimes, I have to remind myself to slow down and enjoy my life as it’s happening.
I guess this is part of growing up. Realizing that I can’t do everything without help, and figuring out ways to manage.
Are you a list-a-holic?
What’s your way of staying organized?
Do you remember to slow down so you don’t miss your own life as it’s passing you by?
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