Everyone Needs a Vacation

21 May

This weekend I took a much needed vacation and traveled with my boyfriend to his hometown for a friend’s wedding.

This was the view from where we were staying…

It was really rather lovely.

I met a lot of people, got very few hours of sleep, and I had a great time getting to know a city that I had never visited before.

I needed this time away and I’m truly grateful for it because it allowed me some time to reflect on my life. On my passions. On my future.

As I wait for my flight, which continues being delayed, I wonder how this vacation has impacted me. So here are some things that I’ve learned…

1. Without family and friends, life sucks. I think that too often we take them for granted because we think that they’ll always be there. And for the most part they will be. But tomorrow is not promised. So regardless of how hard you need to work to make a living, make sure that you make the time to be with the people that you care about. The experiences that you have and the memories you make with them will be far more important than any e-mail you ever send.

2. When we’re working all the time it’s easy to lose sight of what we want out of life. It’s easy to get caught up in a routine, one that very often needs to be revisited. We tend to just go with it, never stopping to wonder whether or not the actions we’re presently taking are helping us move towards our goals. If your job is just a way to pass the time, it’s time to revisit your routine. What makes you want to get up in the morning? What do you want to accomplish?  What will it take to get there? Ask yourself these questions. Then answer them. Then do something about it.

3. Resentment and anger will kill you. At work there will always be disagreements. People are different, values are different, and as a result, problems ensue. But I don’t think that disagreements have to be a bad thing. I think that they can actually have a lot of value if people take the time to work through problems and issues as adults. Disagreements allow for different perspectives. Smart people understand how to use them to their advantage. However, what I’ve found through my experience is that people for the most part tend to hold grudges. Whether it’s in work or in life, at some point you’ll be hurt by someone. Maybe it’ll be your boss. Maybe it’ll be a coworker. Maybe it’ll be your husband. Perhaps your second cousin twice removed. Don’t react to that hurt by being forever angry and upset. This is not productive. Instead, try moving forward. It’s a much better use of your energy and it won’t kill you.

So perhaps it’s time for you to take a vacation. They’re nice and they give you some time to figure out what’s important to you.

Focus on the things that are important. Let go of the things that are not. That’s the difference between people who are successful and those who are not.


13 Responses to “Everyone Needs a Vacation”

  1. Michelle May 21, 2012 at 9:28 pm #

    I agree, vacations are needed!

  2. becca3416 May 21, 2012 at 9:47 pm #

    I am so thirsty for vacation. Water water everywhere but not a drop to drink… yet. I like this post. Definitely true.

  3. subathrad May 22, 2012 at 12:44 am #

    vacations and travel sometimes allow you to put things into perspective! thank you for this!

  4. thelostkerryman May 22, 2012 at 2:31 am #

    Tis true, resentment and anger are generally a waste of time, unless the anger produces a non-violent response…

  5. psycho May 22, 2012 at 3:20 am #

    the second item on the agenda is so true. the routine is the hardest to beak. once we settle down into a pattern, we never try to make time out.

    also thanks for following my blog. 🙂

  6. Michelle May 22, 2012 at 4:09 am #

    Have you ever really thought about the word “recreation”?….It literally means to “re- create” ,to re new, to re charge. When we take time out……. whether that be to vacation, go for a walk,play sport, read a book, have an afternoon or weekend off we are actually doing ourselves a massive favour. Any time taken to reflect ,re-create, rest and renew are well worth it in my book. Sounds like your weekend has definitely renewed your vigor for life.

  7. quetzalcotl May 22, 2012 at 8:48 am #

    Vacations are also a great way to gain new ideas, or at least a new perspective!

  8. charmaineyip May 22, 2012 at 3:29 pm #

    Great post – I love the tone!: )

  9. coppercurls May 22, 2012 at 5:59 pm #

    I use vacations to get my creative juices flowing – on account of saying that I desperately need a vacation!!!!

  10. rdopping May 23, 2012 at 1:12 am #

    So, why is it then that most North Americal business cultures limit vacations to 2 weeks for most people under 10 years seniority? Rhetorical question but one that flies in the face of prioritizing the health and welfare of a business most valued assets.

    Anyway, glad you enjoyed it. Now get back to work, would ya?

  11. xoEvelynOrtizHasSpoken May 23, 2012 at 1:56 pm #

    awesome post, great insight!

    I feel as though our thought process sometimes intertwine!

    I feel the same about family, friends, work, etc. I am constantly re-evaluating my life and its details. Tomorrow is not promised, nor is our family & friends if we seem to neglect them

  12. rachelmeeks May 23, 2012 at 5:56 pm #

    “So regardless of how hard you need to work to make a living, make sure that you make the time to be with the people that you care about.” – I think this is what people have the most trouble with. I firmly believe in this, but it’s amazing how people will fight it. My own husband didn’t take off work for my first major surgery! It’s like COME ON. Work is important, but not THAT important!

  13. kebperspectives May 23, 2012 at 11:40 pm #

    This is an interesting post because I was just surfing travel and volunteer websites! Good motivation for me to pursue something other than a paycheck for a while!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: