Summer getaway. Winter break. Family vacation.
These are all common phrases used to describe trips and adventures. Despite my every effort to avoid the word “vacation,” I did use it in my last post. I just don’t think “family trip” or “family adventure” sounds right…but what do I know?!
So many people strive to go on vacation and take a break from life. I mean, can you blame them? We work all week in order to get a paycheck just to immediately transfer that money to someone else because we owe them something. It’s easy to see how we came to the conclusion that “life’s a drag”.
However, I refuse to believe that’s what life is all about. We were not put on this Earth just to work, pay bills, and die. We were not put on this Earth to complain our way through the weeks just to enjoy two measly days of free time. We were not put on this Earth to look forward to the days ahead rather than enjoying the days we’re currently living.
I won’t give a lecture about finding a job you love “so you won’t work a day in your life.” Truthfully, I think that statement’s a little misleading. Whether you love your job or not, you’re still working. You’re still obligated to show up every day (even when you don’t feel like it) and make money to pay off student loans, credit card bills, car payments, rent or a mortgage, and everything else.
I was watching the movie Catch and Release (I know, not my best film choice) and actually found some words of wisdom. I’m not here to review the film, so I don’t have any names of characters, but here’s the gist of it: this guy mentions that he loves taking photos of nature and that he used to take them all the time. Jennifer Garner’s character asks why he stopped, to which he responds, “I started getting paid for it.”
So many people love what they do, but when they start getting paid for it, it starts to become less of a “love” and more of an obligation. Something they once got excited about starts to stress them out for a number of reasons: they’re struggling to make ends meet, the demand is too high to keep up, or they’re finding out it’s not what they thought it would be.
The secret to avoiding a vacation or a break from life? Love your life outside of work.
When we meet new people and are asked “what do you do?”, let’s make it our mission to respond with what we do for fun. Don’t tell them your job title, give them a better sense of who you are!
We are not our jobs. For example, I write for a pharmaceutical advertising agency, but that’s not who I am. I travel, hike, visit local craft fairs and festivals. I love to read, write (obviously), and watch copious amounts of murder mysteries. I love DIY projects and spending time with people I adore. You don’t get all that just by hearing, “I’m a Copywriter for pharmaceutical advertising.” So, if our jobs don’t define us, why are we letting them decide if and when we want breaks from life?
I enjoy a break from work as much as the next guy or gal, but I don’t view the trips I take as “vacations.”
I don’t want an escape from my life. I love my job, the people I work with, and the people who fill my time outside of my cubicle. Just because I love my job and my coworkers, though, doesn’t mean I don’t complain. It doesn’t mean I don’t have days when I think, I just want to stay home.
However, when I look at the bigger picture, my life is pretty damn great. I go on local adventures with my boyfriend and my family. I make the most out of my time, and that’s all I can really ask for.
“Staycations” are key. Your area has so much more to offer than you think it does. I encourage you to do something different. Act like a tourist. Visit the places out-of-towners flood to in your area. Think like a traveler, even when you’re home.
The more you can experience everything your hometown or state or region has to offer, the more fulfilled you’ll feel. The more you explore locally, the less you’ll feel like you need to escape.
The more you uncover in your area, the more your travels to other countries and states will just feel like another adventure.
But Danielle, I’m only going to the beach in the Caribbean to sit my ass in the sand and drink piña coladas all week.
Who cares?! You’re setting out to see a place you don’t call home. You’re exploring, you’re experiencing, and you’re touring the world.
You aren’t going on a vacation. You can just take off work, stay home all week, and call that a vacation.
Let’s put an end to this “vacation” nonsense. Let’s make the most of where we live and view our jobs as just that—jobs. Whether you love it or hate it, you’re using the money you make to pay bills and live your life. That’s a job.
a paid position of regular employment.
Let’s set out to love the life we live—the good, the bad, and the ugly. Let’s make it a goal to live a life we don’t want to escape from.
I love traveling all over the world, but if that luxury was taken from me, I would still be happy.
Can you say the same for yourself?