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My freshman year of college I spent one day meticulously cleaning my dorm room. All dust removed, every item in its home, and I even ran a rag along the corner where the ceiling met the walls because I swear I saw cobwebs up there.
Now, the question may have crossed your mind: under what circumstances would a 19-year-old guy be cleaning his dorm room at all, let alone cobwebs?
What can I say? It was finals week.
Finals week is a notorious period of procrastination. My cobweb story is your story of watching an entire season of 24 in one day or going on a massive shopping spree. The point is that there was something that we really needed to do that we were putting off. The stress, pressure, boredom, tedium, or whatever was having its way with us, and we needed a release to…get so scared that we had to study.
It’s easy, during finals week, to see the line between “distraction” and “what’s important.” But as you get older and life changes, it becomes harder to make these distinctions.
We like to believe that acting responsibly is different from procrastinating. We have to work at our jobs to get money to pay our bills and raise our kids and go on trips to see our parents. Whatever.
But consider for a moment: what if you’re really just cleaning the cobwebs and using your responsibilities as a way to hide from what’s important?