I was looking at my calender for the remainder of the year and realized just how busy we are. Visiting friends out of town. Friends visiting us from out of town. Trips, Parties, concerts, other assorted happenings that we're looking forward to attending.
I realized just how busy we really are... but it's a good busy. It's busy living and enjoying life. Busy enjoying life with friends. Busy planning the future and make those plans reality.
I remember when, as an active JW, we were always busy as well. But it never seemed fulfilling. It was meeting, study, meeting, study, service, study, meeting, assembly, CO visit, assembly, convention, working on a quick build and maybe a vacation. I remember that the rare picnic or "gathering" was something exceptional and was looked forward to for some time. There were minor distractions from the mundane, but we were always putting WT interests first and all else fell in line somewhere later. Because of that, we never took that trip. We never visited those friends three states away.
And we never really planned for anything down the road. The "end" was so close that it seemed pointless to plan that addition to the garage, or buying property in the mountains for a getaway home.
Of course that's what the WTS really wanted...us to be too busy doing their bidding to do anything we wanted to do.
No real point to this thread other than putting down in words this little epiphany I had while looking at how busy I'm going to be for the next few months...and how much fun it's going to be.