The 3-day weekend we had for Labor Day was wonderful! My wife and I had a relaxing weekend, which was just what we needed. We did some hiking, cleaned around the house, went shopping for our upcoming vacation, and did a lot of relaxing. I even got to watch a ballgame on TV. It was very refreshing. Today, I tried to remember the last time I had a day off. I was the 4th of July. Before that it was… whatever the previous federal holiday was. Probably Memorial Day.
You see, shortly after I started my new job last summer, my wife and I got married. I had to go a few days in the hole on my vacation time and I have been saving my vacation days since then. Because of the timing of our marriage, we couldn’t take any time off together, so this will be our first vacation as a married couple. The only days I have taken off since last fall were around Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the New Year. Other than that, I have only taken off federal holidays. I need a break!
Thankfully, my wife and I will be taking this vacation in 2 weeks. We will be going on our first cruise, and we are very excited. We have our itinerary, we have planned our excursions, we bought a new digital camera, we are bringing our nice clothes for the formal dinners, and we are looking forward to having the time of our lives. And it couldn’t come at a better time!
I realize I’ve not been taking enough time off from work, and this is not a good idea. After this relaxing 3 day weekend, I think I should schedule some “me time” a little more often. Maybe every other month or so I should create my own 3 day weekend, or turn a 3 day weekend into a 4 day weekend. Time off is a beautiful thing, and no job is worth getting burned out for.