Several years ago I had a job that I didn’t like very much. Looking back on that experience now, I know that part of the problem was my attitude. It was easier to complain about stuff than to just put on a smile and make the best of things. At any rate, during that time, I pretty much LIVED for the moment when I could turn on the out of office reply on my email and clock out for a vacation. Whether it was a long weekend or an entire week off, the moment of pure bliss came when I turned the out of office reply on.
I’ve recently been seeing a meme circulating that says something like, “Create a life you don’t need a vacation from.” I can certainly see the wisdom in that statement and at the same time, I disagree with it.
I am happily now at a place where I really like my job. And I love my life overall. But guess what, I still love to go on vacation!
There is great satisfaction in getting a job done whether that is your actual “day job” that makes you money or just jobs around the house like keeping the laundry clean and the living room vacuumed. But there is also great satisfaction in having a few days, or maybe even an entire week, where you have none of those responsibilities.
And so once again, that blissful moment is so near, when I shall turn on the out of office reply.