Vacations, the time when our brains recharge, and we have new, interesting adventures. However, if this is so, then why are we so reluctant to take them?
I remember being as young as 17 years old and turning down a beautiful vacation with a friend from school. Her mom was going to be there the whole time, so adult supervision wasn’t even the issue. I was rushing off to university across the country, so my entire summer was devoted to a grade 12 French course. I remember her mom begging my mom on the phone that I needed the vacation, and everyone does. But my parents were unrelenting. In the end, I should have taken the vacation. I ended up so burned out in my 20’s from overachieving for private and prep schools that I didn’t end up graduating with my degree until my early 30’s.
So take it from me, vacations are needed. Often too, they are once in a lifetime chances to bond with a friend. Those permanent connections are important for down the road when going out on the town mini excursions are needed. If you just try to plow through the year with no breaks, you will eventually give out and may end up staying those banked holiday days in the hospital.
The point of life is to have a balance of everything. Well, there are the deeper questions to, but you never have time to ponder them if you are always distracted. When you take time away, you open up to looking at where your life has become unbalanced. On vacation, you go out and talk to people you normally wouldn’t have the time to meet. You hear what they are doing in their lives, and then you brainstorm whether you could be doing those things too.
People who vacation understand how to seize life’s moments, and enjoy them for the sake of their sheer existence. You are not thinking about how much money you are making while doing a task or how to impress your boss and clients. You are just being, and that state of presence helps you hear your thoughts.
Vacations are also a great way to enjoy the fruit of your labor. Chances are, you don’t like being forced to spend 70% of your time in an environment, not of your choosing. Vacation time lets you choose where you would like to visit. And when you are working hard, it is nice to be able to afford to go somewhere you had been hoping to see.
When I didn’t go on that vacation with my friend, I was sad. What I didn’t know is that I would regret not going for the rest of my life. I see this girl on my Facebook now, and we have grown completely apart. She took my rejection of the trip to heart, and we completely lost our connection. And part of that was because I got into the mentality that only achievement mattered in life.
I would recommend and urge people to take time out to spend a vacation with people they love or getting to know new people to love. Work and school should not be one’s sole source of means by which to measure achievement in life. Friends’ trips and building family memories on regular vacations are necessary.