This weekend I took a much needed vacation and traveled with my boyfriend to his hometown for a friend’s wedding.
It was really rather lovely.
I met a lot of people, got very few hours of sleep, and I had a great time getting to know a city that I had never visited before.
I needed this time away and I’m truly grateful for it because it allowed me some time to reflect on my life. On my passions. On my future.
As I wait for my flight, which continues being delayed, I wonder how this vacation has impacted me. So here are some things that I’ve learned…
1. Without family and friends, life sucks.
I think that too often we take them for granted because we think that they’ll always be there. And for the most part they will be. But tomorrow is not promised. So regardless of how hard you need to work to make a living, make sure that you make the time to be with the people that you care about. The experiences that you have and the memories you make with them will be far more important than any e-mail you ever send.
2. When we’re working all the time it’s easy to lose sight of what we want out of life.
It’s easy to get caught up in a routine, one that very often needs to be revisited. We tend to just go with it, never stopping to wonder whether or not the actions we’re presently taking are helping us move towards our goals. If your job is just a way to pass the time, it’s time to revisit your routine. What makes you want to get up in the morning? What do you want to accomplish? What will it take to get there? Ask yourself these questions. Then answer them. Then do something about it.
3. Resentment and anger will kill you.
At work there will always be disagreements. People are different, values are different, and as a result, problems ensue. But I don’t think that disagreements have to be a bad thing. I think that they can actually have a lot of value if people take the time to work through problems and issues as adults. Disagreements allow for different perspectives. Smart people understand how to use them to their advantage. However, what I’ve found through my experience is that people for the most part tend to hold grudges. Whether it’s in work or in life, at some point you’ll be hurt by someone. Maybe it’ll be your boss. Maybe it’ll be a coworker. Maybe it’ll be your husband. Perhaps your second cousin twice removed. Don’t react to that hurt by being forever angry and upset. This is not productive. Instead, try moving forward. It’s a much better use of your energy and it won’t kill you.
So perhaps it’s time for you to take a vacation. They’re nice and they give you some time to figure out what’s important to you.
Focus on the things that are important. Let go of the things that are not. That’s the difference between people who are successful and those who are not.
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