At some point in life, you get so busy that what was something you do on a daily basis has to take the back seat for something new and more important. It could be giving up your hobbies when you welcome a baby into your family, it could be giving up your social life to do overtime for your new job.
Personally, do not believe you don’t have any time for something you enjoy doing; rather, you don’t prioritise it in your life, which is why you can’t make time for it. Self’s testament to that would be self’s reading habit. Have been reading from one book to another for years, as went through life from a secondary student to a pre-university student to a college student. There was hardly a time when was not reading some book or other, exams or not. Reading has always been one of self’s top priorities in life, because it is one of self’s ways to destress and a form of escapism.
Blogging is now standing side by side with reading when it comes to priorities, and admittedly self’s reading habit has slowed down as a result of picking up blogging. But then again, blogging is an extension of reading because am putting what reading skills have picked up through reading by writing things to be read! That said, am still reading quite regularly, though not as much as before perhaps.
Generally, self’s life mostly revolves around reading, blogging, studies, family, friends and part-time job (not really in that order). Does that mean have no time should anything new appear in self’s life? Let’s say, a love interest? Or a newly discovered hobby? Not at all, because then priorities would be adjusted in such a way that can fit in new interest in life without having to abandon or neglect other present priorities. Of course, cannot devote as much time to previous priorities as before the existence of new interest, but at least by making an effort can still make what time have left for it. It won’t be much, but it’s something, and better than to give up a priority entirely to make room for the new priority.
So yeah, that’s why believe that the ‘no time’ excuse is kind of lame, because it’s really that it has no priority that there isn’t time for it. The difference between no time and no priority is that when you say you don’t have the time for something, you’re blaming a factor that’s out of your control. It means that you’d love to do something but there isn’t enough time; if only you were given more time then you could do it. You didn’t choose to not do it; you didn’t have a choice. When you don’t prioritise something, it says that you are in control of your life and time, and that even if you have the time you may not necessarily choose to do it. If you don’t have the time for what is a priority to you, you’ll find the time for it because it’s important, it’s priority. You are making yourself responsible for the choices you make in the activities you do daily.
Priority, to self, is different than responsibility, although most priorities are usually what you’re responsible for. Responsibility is something you have to do, priority is something you want to do. Hence the reason why am able to keep a reading habit for the past decade in self’s life. Which is why, even though as a student am responsible for doing the best in studies, have not gotten good enough grades this semester because have not prioritise it enough. If studies were a higher priority than reading non-academic books and goofing around, perhaps could have gotten the results that had wanted.
Of course, there are circumstances in which you have to drop all your prior priorities for the new priority due to its urgency and necessity, for example a loss of a loved one, a fast-approaching deadline at work, you get the idea. Just don’t let such priorities happen too often that you neglect what should be your priorities in life!