Day’s Verse:
But we do see Him who was made for a little while lower than angels, namely, Jesus, because of the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone.
Hebrews 2:9

Today, after landing in Chicago from SeaTac, Ian told me that he was tired of me being responsible. He said I was too responsible, that I never put my homework off until the last minute or dropped everything to do something fun. In the back of my head I wanted to laugh because who complains about their companions exercising too much responsibility? Does this phrase, too responsible have actual meaning? Should I stop doing my homework, randomly skip classes to fitz around in Boston, or – as Ian suggested – go to Australia for a month after I graduate from college? My response to that suggestion, that I wanted to be able to start working as soon as I finished and a month in Australia would not look good to prospective employers, prompted Ian’s charge.

This just made me wonder as we flew from Chicago to Boston and as we vanned from Boston to Worcester: Too responsible?

– KF –

6 thoughts on “Letdown or Jet Lag

  1. Hi, You have to be responsible for school and things that have a deadline etc. That is not too responsible but a trip after a long haul in school is not the same as you have not started the job and do owe it to yourself to enjoy things that you can afford to do. and starting a job later is not being unresponsible.GMIL

  2. Mark is the same way with me…he always tells me I should skip class once in a while (I’ve only missed one class without telling the professor ahead of time, my whole college career). But I don’t, because I always feel like I’ll miss something important. But sometimes I wish I didn’t feel that way about it. Sometimes being too responsible sucks because you don’t ever break out of the routine.

  3. I think being responsible is a good thing, obviously, but I think that there are merits to being in college and being young that mean not having to be as responsible as someone secure in a career. In my life at least, I don’t place getting A’s above just enjoying college. With that comes the responsibility of doing my work and all, but I don’t go out of my way to get things done really early or try to find extra work to do. If it’s the lifestyle that makes you happy and it works for you, then that’s a good thing. But I think it’s important to have a balance of fun, too. You don’t want to look back on these life experiences and realize that it was a bad experience, ya know?

  4. If it’s the lifestyle that makes you happy and it works for you, then that’s a good thing. –First of all, if you’re a heroin addict and that makes you happy, is that a good thing?

    But not to be difficult, but I think there’s such a thing as putting too much weight on the “having fun” part of life. I want to have a happy future to look forward to: being responsible now could mean the difference between having happy memories of this time and having a happy future to look forward to. Plus, I’d say that being responsible doesn’t preclude the possibility of being fun; it just means prioritizing some things above others. And it may even mean doing “extra” work, if that means you learn the material better.

  5. I’m definitely not condoning not doing the necessary work to do well or whatever.

    I also wouldn’t compare heroin addiction to having a laid back lifestyle particularly. They’re not exactly on comparable plains of safety.

  6. I agree, heroin addiction is way worse of course. I was just trying to illustrate where that particular statement could be taken.

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