Thursday, March 7, 2013

Vacation Hangover

It’s amazing what phrases have the ability to resonate with you before your first cup of coffee.

A coworker and I were attempting to make a pot of coffee this morning at work. I know, I know, let the “how many people does it take” jokes begin.  And, in true, Office Space style, we’d actually forgotten to turn the coffee pot ON the day before. So after going through all the motions that morning, we discover them unnecessary.

“It’s amazing what happens when you just hit the on switch” fellow coworker says with a half laugh and a shrug of one shoulder.

Lightning, that phrase, I tell you what.  It’s amazing what happens when you just hit the on switch…

I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve been wandering around in a bit of a daze after returning from the World’s Best Vacation two weeks ago. It’s always difficult to transition from vacation-mindset back into workaday-mindset, but this time it’s been especially difficult.  World’s Best Vacation was the first true vacation I’d been on, with another adult, since before my eldest Munchkin was born. That’s over NINE years, people. Nine years since I’d had a chance to enjoy an entire week as an adult, the biggest worry on our plate being chocolate or no chocolate drizzled on our waffle at the top of Stowe Mountain, or what bar to swim up to that day in Jamaica. I think I’ve had a bit of a vacation hangover the past few weeks.

But life doesn’t always wait for you to recover from your hangover. Life, it rushes on, and carries you kicking and screaming downstream with it whether you’re ready to swim or not.

So maybe it’s time I flip the on switch back on, gang. Maybe it’s time to kick a little ass today and put the glory of vacation on a shelf to take out in the evenings and on weekends; to allow the glow of that one perfect week to get me through the tough spots of life instead of holding it up as what I wish every day could feel like.

Every day can’t be vacation. It wouldn’t be nearly as amazing if it were…

 ^Imporant to not. I'm TERRIBLE at life-sized chess^

1 comment:

  1. Sometimes, okay most of the time, hitting the "on" switch is overrated...
    I personally try and encourage others as well, to to live each day for their next full blown vacation or at the very least work towards their next extreme adventure. I.e. advancing in Scuba Diving to dive with great white sharks or the Bahama Blue Hole. Just keeping yourself in shape by putting challenges/adventures in your life's path is also mentally beneficial.

    So turn that switch to "on" when you need a cup of coffee in the now (like a Keurig) but remember to turn it off so the pot doesn't burn out


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