Do you know folks who are always on the go? They’re usually juggling three or four projects at a time, and they’re always busy, busy with rarely any time to relax. I mentioned this to a friend in an email this morning. “I don’t think many of us who are retired like to go at that franatic pace anymore.” Then I laughed. I meant to say “frenetic,” of course, but “franatic” may be an even better word. It’s like “frantic” and “fanatic” rolled into one.
At this time of life, I enjoy working on projects, and I do plan my day to accomplish things. But I still need my down time—time to work my crossword puzzle, read the paper, answer my email. And I still need plenty of sleep each night. I worry about people who are constantly running from pillar to post, pushing themselves. Why do they do it?
Perhaps they only feel good if they’re out and about, always engaged with others. But running on fumes without a full tank of gas can be hazardous. That lifestyle can lead to stress which can cause poor outcomes on projects, friction in personal relationships, and problems in health.
If you’re one of the lucky ones who can stop, take a deep breath, and enjoy a day balanced with activities and quiet times, be thankful for that. You’ll have a much happier life than your friends who are living at such a “franatic” pace.