Vacation= breaking from the daily routine in order to rest, relax, cease to perform work, paid or unpaid for a period of time in order to be hopefully refreshed, and return to the aforementioned routine renewed.
The reality= performing as much as possible into a predetermined time slot, usually a week or two, that normally would occur over weeks or even months, usually at the expense of your sanity, routine and checkbook.
I have no doubt there are the disciplined souls out there who are able to balance a vacation period to achieve the supposed state of nirvana that we typically envision when thinking about and planning for said vacation, I however am not one of them. Are you?
Welcome to the Monday after, where your non-rested self returns to the workforce stressed at either spending too much or not
spending enough, to find yourself opening the proverbial task closet back at work to find, like something out of ‘Calvin and Hobbes“, the tiger leaping on you with not only your normal workload but everything else that was shuffled in your direction without your knowledge or approval to land on your head, lap and responsibility plate!
The next vacation I schedule I will surely be the wiser, yes I will not fall into this cycle of repeatedly placing myself in the path of this cyclonic onslaught, I will rise above the morass of insanity expecting a different result while doing things exactly the same as I always have,
of course by the time I can take another vacation I likely will forget these lessons and vitriol, but hey, I have one thing to say to you Monday after…bring it!