Once you are out of school/college there is hardly a concept of an extended vacation spanning more than a few days. At the most you somehow 'manage' to take a few days off and try and cram as much 'relaxation' in those few days and get back to the all important work. Something feels wrong here.
Recently met up with a biker who has been in India the past two years. He observed that folks here in India are in such a hurry to get a certification done, or work hard to get to a certain point etc etc. His major crib was that no one ever takes time off to do nothing. Being a part of the rat race is so freaking important that everything else takes a back seat.
I think taking off from time to time is an important activity that most folks should do. Take off, relax. Go for a picnic. Enjoy the non-work part of your life. Like Summer vacation at school. Long spells to do nothing. So Calvin n Hobbish.
I'm taking a month off from work and its hard to keep out all the things that I want to do and am automatically making huuuge lists of the things that I want to do, the places that I want to visit etc etc. Atleast for a few days want to force myself to do nothing, so that I get used to it ! Wierd huh.
Its kinda funny, how everyone I talk to is so excited about my vacation and dreams of taking theirs sometime in the future.
Taking a month off is kinda difficult to do. Personally not cause of organizational logistics. You are so used to the grind and the march, it feels awkward, scary and non-conforming to take a month off. There were a ton of questions in my head when I decided to take a month off
- what about the money Im losing when I dont work for a month
- what will I do in that one month
- I better be doing useful stuff. Dont want to 'waste' the one month
- what If I end up doing nothing, but 'wasting my holidays'
- is one month enough, do I need more .. should I take less
- plan the one month. Make sure every single iota of time is filled with purpose.
- What will my folks say ?
- etc etc etc