“The rainy days a man saves for usually seem to arrive during his vacation”
For most people, work and life is what happens in the interim periods between vacations. They work, usually between 48 and 50 weeks a year, to enjoy two to four weeks of vacations. When one vacation is over, then the planning begins for the next one.
I’m as guilty of this as anyone. We recently went to Breckenridge, Colorado for a week, and it had been the first break we’d taken in 9 months. Granted, some life issues got in the way of our best laid plans, and while we had taken some weekend vacations, we hadn’t taken any sustained time off.
During our trip to Breckenridge, we hiked, biked, ate (too much), and pretty much disconnected from technology the entire time.
It was glorious. All except that 100 foot altitude climb while biking. That left me puffing and sweating. The rest of it was glorious.
On the drive home from the airport after we returned, I commented to my wife that I’d love to live that lifestyle once we reach PIRE.
Her comment back was poignant.
I want to live like that every day, whether or not we’re retired.
It got me thinking about life in general. In the past, I’d swung far to the other end in vacations, bringing work with me (the curse of the entrepreneur) and never completely disconnecting from the outside world. This time, I did. Nothing truly important happened. Life continued on. We spent time with the family. We enjoyed the outdoors. We explored. We met people. We had fun.
Why don’t we do that more often in our day-to-day lives?
I suggest one word to describe the problem.
It’s easy enough to get into a rut in life, even when we try to be mindful about falling into the same patterns over and over. We get up, we walk the dog, we shower, we eat, we go to work. We work, we come home, we eat dinner, we sit down in front of the TV, we watch it, and then we go to bed.
Lather. Rinse. Repeat.
Oftentimes, we’re much more active on vacation – ironic given the mindset that many have regarding vacation, of sitting around and doing nothing – than we are at home. Even if we have “staycations,” we tackle home projects or other endeavors that we’ve postponed until we had the time.
Why then, when we enjoy our vacations so much, do we feel the need to change our lives so dramatically when we’re not on vacation?