The problem is when you say "I'm too busy" to yourself.
...what about if your past self has made your present self too busy? I've made a lot of choices and have entered a season where I now have to say "no" to a lot of things I wish I could make a priority. I joined a startup that (somewhat surprisingly, to me at least, based on my track record) has become a success; I've gone from the only engineer to managing a team of 15 engineers. I started a family that has grown from three (wife, stepson, and myself) to five. Those children have grown and gone to school and developed interests of their own, all of which require parental time investment and monetary commitments that require a steady job. I bought a house. I started a side business that (again, to my surprise) is modestly successful. I'm trying to fend off the effects of a slowing metabolism and atrophying muscular system. I'm trying to continue to learn new things, both for my own edification and so as to not become irrelevant in a fast-moving professional environment. I'm trying to establish a more balanced emotional and spiritual life.
That's. About. All. I. Have. Time. For. ...and I don't have time for all of that.
Hence posts like this one:
I keep trying to remember that I signed up for this. With my decisions. With my actions. With my words.
I need to pick those words and actions more carefully. I need to make higher quality decisions.
I also keep trying to remember that I probably wouldn't choose differently if I had it all to do over again. I'm overwhelmed and a little burnt out. I'm not unhappy. I'm not unfulfilled.