“Time: That Most Precious Commodity”
Guest Writer: Buster Sly
This past year has been challenging on a very personal level. After spending so much time away in Europe last year, I returned to the States when I find out that my mother had just been diagnosed with third stage cancer. That came on the heels of the passing of my grandmother, uncle, stepmother and “baby” brother.
As I struggled to work through the multitude of feelings caused by this succession of calamitous events, I retreated from work and friends. I felt guilty for not being there for my family; you see, I’d been so focused on work and all that which went with it–including the long and involved hours spent sifting through data, maintaining my various social media sites, etc. Consequently, this guilt weighed heavily on me. And I’m continuing to wrestle with and sort out that–as well as the multitude of feelings I mentioned earlier.
I determined, therefore, that a balance is what I must seek, where family and friends are not taken for granted. Putting off a call to a loved one for another day so that I can meet another deadline is no longer acceptable.
What it comes down to is priorities–along with accepting my limitations. For instance, I will not travel abroad until there’s a viable solution, one that reduces my workload on the computer and allows me to focus on the things I do well and are necessary for financial survival and betterment. I understand that this might rankle some fans, but it cannot be helped.
This extended break was long overdue. A while ago, someone whom I value and learned to listen to when she spoke of her life experiences posed this question: “Do you live to work, or do you work to live?” Food for thought, eh?
After pondering that question, I came to the distinct conclusion that we all have a finite time on this planet. As a result, my options these days are quite clear: stay on the path I am on, and resentment will be front and center, while my quality of life takes a nosedive.
There will be many who may not understand why I have not responded to their messages. No matter what I say, there is no reference point for me to start that would give them a clear understanding of how futile it would be to try answering each and every message.
We all should remember the following important tenet: time is such a precious commodity! I’m learning to respect and celebrate it. Therefore, going forward, I vow to manage my time more efficiently.
It is essential–and my duty–to first offer time to those individuals whom are important to me. And of course, this includes those I have grown to care for—and love.
Buster Sly is an in-demand Adult Entertainer and Model, who has worked for a number of diverse companies including Dark Alley Media/Raw F**k Club, Forbidden Funk Media, Oh Man! Studios, and SX Video. Just last year, he had a months’ long, extremely successful European tour–which included live performances in clubs and modeling assignments for top photographers throughout Europe. This year, Buster has several major projects on the horizon—including filming for the iconic Lucas Entertainment. You may follow Buster at his on line home, www.bustersly.com. There you can find news, features, and how to contact him for booking dates and more.