I really am sick to the back teeth of people saying how busy they are. Lots of people are busy. Most just get on with it.
There is a mum I bump into at the school on a regular basis. Every conversation I have with her (usually initiated by her in the first place) goes along the same theme, of how terribly busy she is, and how her life is so hectic, and she has this on, and that on, and oh she's just so very very very busy. She volunteers this information. I have long since stopped asking her how she is as her reply is always "busy". We used to meet up but I got fed up with her asking me to meet her and then saying "I'm so busy for the next 6 weeks" and pencilling me in for a half an hour coffee in 6 weeks' time.
I also have an acquaintance on my Facebook friends list, who tells the Facebook world on a daily basis how busy she is, and lists the things that she has done each day. Then everybody marvels about how she fits it all in, and how she must surely be superwoman. Said woman does have several children, but IMO does a lot of unnecessary things and puts pressure on herself to make everything perfect. She will do something during an evening, such as ironing everything in her ironing basket, or wrapping up teachers' end of term presents, and then put a photo on Facebook of it, and again bleat on about how very busy she has been and what a busy evening, and how it's not easy to do things like ironing or present wrapping when you have several children.
It just feels competitive, and silly. As I said, lots of people are busy, but most just get on with it.
I totally agree. This is one of my major bugbears - people making a big, big deal about how busy they are to try and make themselves look more important than other people.
We all have 24 hours in a day. We all have a number of things we have to fit in to that finite slice of time. We are all 'busy' in different ways. When people bang on about how busy they are, what they really want to say is '(more) important (than you)'.
No she always asks me to do things, SecondComing. I have long since stopped bothering to ask her, as I think it's pointless organising a half hour coffee in 6 weeks' time (which she'd have to go early from anyway as she's so very busy)
She'll say about meeting up, then do that sound sucking air in through her teeth and start to say again about how busy she is...
yanbu I do sometimes find myself telling people this and hopefully always manage to shut myself up Compared to some people I am busy, compared to others I have loads of time If I wasn't on MN so much, those extra hours in the day I keep moaning about might magically appear