Why Not Take A Vacation From Your Life?
In my view
Should You Take a Vacation from Life?
How To Get Away From Yourself
Do you live backwards?
Do you stuff the things you like most into cramped containers that you call "the weekend," "holidays" or "vacation" while you devote the majority of your time to things you care less about or even dislike?
Yep, you're living backwards, stacking you happiness behind everything else.
This article is a how-to guide for getting away – from yourself.
Ideas for A Vacation From Life mean changing everything, throwing out the baby and the bathwater. Working for a living makes about as much sense as tasting with your ears or trying to see what's behind you by gazing through the back of your head.
With apologies to my exotic friends who believe they can see out the backs of their heads, even while sober, let's look at getting rid of some terrible ideas that serve only bosses, professors, politicians and rich people – in other words, probably not me or you.
Let's start with some basic truths:
- Life was never meant to be drudgery. If you doubt that, take a look at the other living creatures in the world around you, squirrels and birds, even trees. How many of them spend their days bored or worse, unless, of course, they are yoked to humans who demand it?
- If you're daydreaming heavily about your next vacation more than two weeks out, you're giving yourself a fix that allows you to continue living poorly by stretching reality.
- Do you believe in blue Mondays? Is Wednesday "hump day" for you? Does the term "TGIF" give you a sense of relief? If yes to any, see above.
- Repetition is unnatural.
- Boredom is a heinous crime against your own soul.
- Feelings of emptiness should be treated immediately like any other critical illness.
Now, then. Let's not waste time debating how most of us got in this hole – you know, the one where you can't wait to get off work or out of the house or just away so that you can resume enjoying life.
Let's just acknowledge that you may be in one. Then, let's get you out of it.
How to Get Out of It and Into A Vacation From Life:
- If you are one of those folks who are most able to gather their ideas when written, get a pen and paper now.
- Sit. Breathe deeply and evenly until you're relaxed. Not, of course, if you are currently driving or sitting outside your boss's office. In either of those cases, wait until you get home.
- Make two mental or written lists, one for the things you like about your life and another for the things you don't.
- Watch how those those don't likes pile up until...
- ...they are rinsed out of your thoughts while the many things you like but usually haven't time or energy for bringing the seesaw powerfully down on that side.
- Now, make another list. In this one, assume you will have exactly the life you want, and write on one side those things you will have in it that you don't like and, opposite, list the things you will have that you do like.
- When you finish this list, assuming it's written, fold it up and put it away where you will see it only when you want to. If mental, write it down now and follow step one.
- Set any time frame up to six months and begin, appropriate to the length of your first list, and begin eliminating the things you don't like, one by one. No arguments. Unless you're imprisoned or in shackles, you can dump them all. Reward yourself by gathering into your life the items on your "like" list and embrace them as if they were your dearest friends. Which they are.
- Being the smart, versatile, inventive creature you were born to be, you will discover ways to deal with the loss of all those things you didn't like. Your job? Find another one. Your partner? Someone else is looking for you. Dating services thrive for a reason. Your disapproving family? You are over eighteen, aren't you? All bonds are voluntary or habitual.
- As the six month term approaches, celebrate your arrival at your Vacation from Life. You are now in another place.
- Never go back.
David Stone, Writer
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