A Flight From Feeling Meaningless

I actually had to put this one away for a few minutes before picking it up again - it struck close to home.

Busyness serves as a kind of existential reassurance, a hedge against emptiness; obviously your life cannot possibly be silly or trivial or meaningless if you are so busy, completely booked, in demand every hour of the day. [...] I can’t help but wonder whether all this histrionic exhaustion isn’t a way of covering up the fact that most of what we do doesn’t matter.

The 'Busy' Trap by Tim Kreider on his NY Times Blog