Time and Priorities

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Someone was telling me about a friend that had been working on beautiful scrapbooks for her children through the years.... the journaling and photography that went into these books sounds amazing and like it should be in an art gallery some where. 

My response at the end of the sharing of these cool idea was-- Oh that must be nice. I just don't have the time for that. 

To which this friend responded-- Well, everyone decides how to spend her time. You just don't want to spend yours on that... is what you're trying to say.

Mic drop, friend. 

I've fallen into the trap of saying some version of the "I just don't have time for that" when in all actuality it's more "That is not one of my priorities right now." Which in some cases is great-- essentialism at its best, right?! But in other areas, I had to work through where that was friction against what were my true, deep down priorities. Things like health and early mornings. I make time for them; they get the time because they matter. 

Young professionals near and far: When do we use the "I don't have time for that" as an excuse? The first ten years into the world of jobs and families and everything else can feel like we're are everywhere but no where. So what really matters? 

And when it is a great declaration of our priorities, maybe better said, "It's just not a priority for me."