The modern way of life seems to place demands on each of us in such a way that we always find ourselves busy, all of the time. The question is though, with what?
From the minute we get up in the morning, until we leave the iPad or phone down for the night we're catching up with emails, finishing off work stuff or checking out what's happening in the world of 'social media' - great term though.
In my parents day it seemed like there was more time to talk, but they still watched the10pm news before they went to bed. Nothing better than filling yourself with some doom and gloom before going down for the night.
Nowadays, we just give our brains a dose of electronic light instead.
I had the privilege of going to the Wicklow mountains this weekend with some friends. This is without doubt an area of outstanding natural beauty. Taking time to walk and talk, stop and look, laugh and smile, really made me realise how important these things are for me to function correctly in life.
We're living in a time when there has been more change in the last 30 years than there has been in the last 300. Trying to cope with this and the pace of life in a balanced way is a challenge for each of us.
I don't know about you but for me the simple things in life are still the best, like kicking some leaves, listening to the wind rustling through the trees, or making someone laugh.
So often we say our circumstances limit what we do in life. In fact, I've heard it said once that our circumstances are really only the circle in which we stand. We 'can' actually step outside the circle.
I am more determined than ever to try and live life in such a way that enables me to experience more, do things I've never done before, push the boundaries of what's deemed to be the norm, or perceived to be risky.
I'm pretty sure when I do that I'll look back and say 'that was important.'