The Importance of Vacation

Summer vacation.

One of the only things that every kid looks forward to from the time they are 4, to about 22 (give or take, if they go to college or university after high school). In my case, it’s something that I really haven’t experienced since my last year of college, and I can honestly say that I’m feeling pretty nostalgic these days. Longing for the days of calling up a few friends and going on a mini day trip to Port Dover, where we could lay on the beach all afternoon without a care in the world.

Well, those days have come and gone and when the bathing suits, flip flops and slushy drinks get swapped out for pencil skirts, flats, and coffee, it’s a little hard not to feel mildly depressed. No, I’m not depressed because I’m an adult who has a full-time job doing exactly what I went to school for, that would be silly and unappreciative on my part. In fact, I’m not depressed at all when it comes to my job because I’m constantly learning and I’m surrounded by smart and nurturing people. However, all the intelligence and nurturing in the world can’t always replace the feeling of being able to pick up and leave at a moments notice.

Which brings me to my next point; who was the “genius” that decided hard working, full-time employees, who spend more time at the office than at home, are only worthy of receiving 10 paid vacation days a year? 10 days! After pouring blood, sweat and tears into any job, you would expect to be able to kick back and relax a little bit. Unfortunately with the economy the way it is, a lot of people simply can’t afford to take extended unpaid vacation and in my opinion, I think this needs to change.

After all, as the Proverb says “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.

Essentially what this means is that we are constantly in the mindset of work work work, and if that’s what we continue to think, eventually that is all we will have to offer the world. We are on this earth for a short period of time and life should be enjoyed and although I’m a firm believer in having a great work ethic, I also believe people need to let loose from time to time. Having that free time to yourself is really what keeps most of us sane in today’s working world.

So if you’re someone who works over 45 hours a week and often works above that from home, then please just take a deep breathe and take a few days off. Go relax and let loose with your family, friends, significant other, or even by yourself. Trust me, your company won’t cease to exist without you and you’ll thank me later.

Lastly, to my 15 year old sister: stop complaining that you have nothing to do and get out to enjoy these summer vacation days while they last!

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