“You have as many hours in a day as Beyoncè.”
This is one of the web’s new favorite sayings. It’s on mugs, wall prints, water bottles, phone cases…and just about everything else. The point of this quote is to make you feel motivated to do more, I think. “If Beyonce can be that in shape and raise a child and go on tour, I can get off of the couch and manually turn down the TV volume,” that sort of thing.
While I think the point is to get you to do more, realizing that I have just as many hours in a day as Beyoncè has not convinced me to do more, but that I’m doing just enough.
In a school where everyone is running around like chickens with their heads cut off basically all of the time, there’s always pressure to do more. Have an extra hour every week? You should probably be volunteering somewhere. Light homework this semester? Why don’t you start a company while you have some free time? You like to sit and what? Read? How is that going to go on your resume?
The quote about Beyoncè reminds me that we all have 24 hours, and we can choose just how to spend it. I, for one, am okay with not cramming my 24 hours. There are things I enjoy that cannot go on a resume. They probably won’t get me a job. But these are some of the most important moments of my 24 hours.
I want to spend some of my 24 hours enjoying my morning, making myself a cup of tea, eating breakfast, with breakfast being more than just shoving a granola bar in my mouth on the way out of my apartment. I want to spend some of that time reading new blogs and blogging. I want to have some time free to do whatever the heck I feel like doing that day. I want to have the occasional weekend free to go visit the boyfriend. I want to have time for impromptu nights out and silly afternoons of non-productivity.
In short, I want time to live life.
Having a Beyoncè-level life involves a lot of sacrifice. I’m sure that Beyoncè doesn’t get to wake up every morning and grab a cup of coffee and read the paper, or spend hours just reading a book. And if that is what makes her – or anyone with a crazy busy life – happy, then go her! But I think I’m okay with the trade-off.
I won’t have a company by the time I’m 20 or have half the body that Beyoncè does (can anyone ever?) but I’m perfectly content with who I am and how I spend my time now, free time and all.
How do you spend your “24 hours?”
PS – Check out my guest blog post today on It’s Emma Elise!