Today on the blogoshphere I discovered a blog by a fellow Philadelphia area-ian, Dorie Morgan. Her post “Activities Don’t Equal Relationships” caught my attention – very well written, and with great insight.
I love discovering other 20-something bloggers. I know there are just shy of 70billion of us out there, but I really enjoy when I find a well written blog that talks about balancing life, career, creativity, and any other things that us 20-somethings may come across. I’ve added Dorie’s blog to my google reader – and really look forward to reading it.
In “Activites Don’t Equal Relationships“, Dorie says:
At the end of the day, it is not the organizations I am involved with or the work that I do that defines me. The relationships I build are what matters most and it is too easy to let all of the other “stuff” get in the way. The relationship I have with my husband is far more important than a relationship I might someday develop outside of my home.
I think this is a really good insight. I was involved in any number of things in college. My friends now roll their eyes when they ask what I do now I’m at home and I begin to list the myriad of activities I’ve got going on. I did come to a point in college where I began to deliberately be involved in things – during Senior Year there were times when I wasn’t home in the evening for an entire week straight, but each of the things I was involved in was something that I enjoyed and found value from.
Now that I’ve graduated, I’ve gotten more involved in some things around the Philadelphia area – not enough, I think, of the types of things I would like to be doing – there are a few community service organizations I have my eye on – but it is enough to keep me busy without being terribly overwhelming. This balance of work, play, school (part-time graduate school), friends, family: it is one that is constantly changing and shifting as my own life changes.
How are you involved in your community? How do you balance life, work, play?