You know, and so does everyone else, there is no way to keep your precious job (wow, you still have one?) without being a butt in your seat, on time every day, head down, nose firmly to the grind stone, all the while staying under – or better yet well above – management’s radar. And by no means should you ask for anything like a day off, let alone a week or more. And vacation, huh, what a joke. I mean, geesh, there’s 10% <most think it’s higher, eek> unemployment rate in the U.S. and your work must dominate if you are to survive.
But do you ever wonder to yourself, as you drive the distance home in traffic, or pillow talk to your partner, “Is this it?” or “do we really have to be quiet, flawless producers for the company day in and day out to keep our jobs?” Truth be told, probably. Make that PROBABLY with a capital “P”, ask anyone.
Like many things, including the entrenched U.S. economy, it seems absolute. But wait, there’s one problem with that reality, it’s really a lie wrapped in an illusion of truth, which makes it a lie <where am I going, I am not sure, but come with me anyway> . Turns out you’re not a machine <and, by the way, neither is your boss>, you’re human and that means, though you may have forgotten it, your spirit needs feeding as much as your mouth. You could probably use some fresh air and exercise, right? Not to mention, when was the last time you were out in nature? And no, Central Park doesn’t count.
If you don’t already know this sad fact, you don’t have to look far to learn the number one killer in America is stress. Stress related illness trumps, and often contributes, to all that other stuff – cancer, car accidents, diabetes – we’re supposed to be worried about <more stress!>. Don’t trust me, Google it! And apparently, even if you do all the right stuff to prevent heart disease (eat properly, exercise regularly, avoid smoking, yadda yadda yadda), stress can negate it all. I still find that amazing. Turns out you can’t bluff your body as easily as you can your boss. And if you’re dead, you probably can’t work.
And another little, seemingly forgotten, fact… ready? For most of us, time off is still a legal right. Yup, check the fine print on your contract. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 91% of full-time employees in private industry receive some paid vacation. It’s so you don’t end up rocking under your desk from complete burnout or worse, joining the other good soldiers on the slippery slope to a life of work and no play, resulting in an early death <drama, drama>. Think of it as preventative healthcare for the soul. So you simply must take time off regularly. Must!
We here at ACTIVE Adventures are on the phone every day with people who murmur about time off or even dare dream big of a whole vacation in a foreign land with dirt under your boots, sun on your face and fresh air in your lungs. We say to them, and to you: Join us, just do it, it might even be life changing.
And feeding your soul? That’s what we’re really good at. So you know what Nike would say. I mean, what is it really worth to keep you alive? (BTW there is a difference between living and just existing.) I bet if someone asked you right now if you could pay $3,799 USD plus a flight to suck some clean air into your lungs (aka exercise), get outdoors, feel alive again, and ultimately keep you alive, you’d think it was cheap at twice the price.
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Come on just take a look at ACTIVE Adventures trips! Dream! Or at least look at what folks say about having gone with us. Nothing better than adventure travel with like-minded folks in New Zealand, South America or the Himalayas. All great for filling lungs, souls and memory banks.
Go! Plan now for next time you take a vacation. Come with us, or someone else, or just take off by yourself in the car to the mountains or the beach. Or start with putting up a tent in the back yard and staring at the clouds or stars before you take refuge in your sleeping bag. Your soul and spirit needs feeding. It might even make you better at work. Go figure!
Written by Pam